The Centre for Critical Studies was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

Below is a list of books produced by researchers whilst working at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies. For further information, or to purchase any of these books, follow the links to the respective publishers' websites.

Richard Iveson. Zoogenesis: Thinking Encounter with Animals. Pavement Books, 2014.

Zoogenesis: Thinking Encounter with Animals offers radical new possibilities for encountering and thinking with other animals, and thus for the politics of animal liberation. Examining the machinations of power that legitimize the killing of nonhuman animals, Zoogenesis shows too how thoroughly entangled they are with the ‘noncriminal’ putting to death of human animals. Such legitimation consists in a theatrics of displacement that transforms singular, nonsubstitutable living beings into mute, subjugated bodies that may be slaughtered but never murdered. Nothing less than the economy of genocide, Iveson thereafter explores the possibility of interventions that function in the opposite direction to this ‘animalizing’ displacement – interventions that potentially make it unthinkable that living beings can be ‘legitimately’ slaughtered. Along the way, Zoogenesis tracks just such ‘animal encounters’ across various disciplinary boundaries – stumbling across their traces in a short story by Franz Kafka, in the bathroom of Jacques Derrida, in a politically galvanising slogan, in the deaths of centipedes both actual and fictional, in the newfound plasticity of the gene, and in the sharing of an inhuman knowledge that saves novelist William S. Burroughs from a life of deadly ignorance. Such encounters, argues Iveson, are zoo-genetic, with zoogenesis naming the emergenceof a new living being that interrupts habitual instrumentalisation and exploitation. With this creative event, a new conception of the political emerges which, as the necessary supplement of an ethical demand, offers potentially radical new ways of being with other animals.

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Abigail Loxham. Cinema at the Edges: New Encounters with Julio Medem, Bigas Luna and José Luis Guerín. Berghahn Books, 2014.

The works of popular Spanish film directors Julio Medem, Juan José Bigas Luna, and José Luis Guerín are newly appraised in relation to their engagement with alternative national and cinematic subjectivities. Their films examine the limitations of the cinematic gaze, as the author shows, highlighting the ways in which these directors make recourse to hybridity, contact, and interface to overcome the binary power dynamic previously thought to be a feature of cinema. This book explores their status as solely “Spanish” filmmakers while focusing on their diverse and immensely creative output, offering new readings that engage with current debates in visual culture surrounding psychoanalytic theory, phenomenology, and theories of documentary practice.

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Graeme Turner. Understanding Celebrity (second edition). Sage, 2013.

Where does the production of celebrity end and its consumption begin?

Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and reality TV allow us a previously unimagined engagement with the manufactured 'persona' of celebrity. Understanding Celebrity has become the go-to text for understanding the connection between the production and consumption of this 'persona'. The long-awaited second edition assesses the changing nature of this pivotal relationship in celebrity studies.

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Gay Hawkins, Jennifer Gabrys and Mike Michael (editors). Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic. Routledge, 2013.

From food punnets to credit cards, plastic facilitates every part of our daily lives. It has become central to processes of contemporary socio-material living. Universalised and abstracted, it is often treated as the passive object of political deliberations, or a problematic material demanding human management. But in what ways might a 'politics of plastics' deal with both its specific manifestation in particular artefacts and events, and its complex dispersed heterogeneity?
 
Accumulation explores the vitality and complexity of plastic. This interdisciplinary collection focuses on how the presence and recalcitrance of plastic reveals the relational exchanges across human and synthetic materialities. It captures multiplicity by engaging with the processual materialities or plasticity of plastic. Through a series of themed essays on plastic materialities, plastic economies, plastic bodies and new articulations of plastic, the editors and chapter authors examine specific aspects of plastic in action. How are multiple plastic realities enacted? What are their effects? 

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Mark Andrejevic. Infoglut: How Too Much Information Is Changing the Way We Think and Know. Routledge, 2013.

Today, more mediated information is available to more people than at any other time in human history. New and revitalized sense-making strategies multiply in response to the challenges of "cutting through the clutter" of competing narratives and taming the avalanche of information. Data miners, "sentiment analysts," and decision markets offer to help bodies of data "speak for themselves"—making sense of their own patterns so we don’t have to. Neuromarketers and body language experts promise to peer behind people’s words to see what their brains are really thinking and feeling. New forms of information processing promise to displace the need for expertise and even comprehension—at least for those with access to the data.
 
Infoglut explores the connections between these wide-ranging sense-making strategies for an era of information overload and "big data," and the new forms of control they enable. Andrejevic critiques the popular embrace of deconstructive debunkery, calling into question the post-truth, post-narrative, and post-comprehension politics it underwrites, and tracing a way beyond them.

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Anna Cristina Pertierra and Graeme Turner. Locating Television: Zones of Consumption, Routledge, 2013. 

Locating Television: Zones of Consumption takes an important next step for television studies: it acknowledges the growing diversity of the international experience of television today in order to address the question of ‘what is television now?’

The book addresses this question in two interrelated ways:
  • by situating the consumption of television within the full range of structures, patterns and practices of everyday life;
  • and by retrieving the importance of location as fundamental to these structures, patterns and practices – and, consequently, to the experience of television.
This approach, involving collaboration between authors from cultural studies and cultural anthropology, offers new ways of studying the consumption of television – in particular, the use of the notion of ‘zones of consumption’ as a new means of locating television within the full range of its spatial, temporal, cultural, political and industrial contexts.
 
Although the study draws its examples from a wide range of locations (the US, the UK, Australia, Malaysia, Cuba, and the Chinese language markets in Asia - -Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Taiwan), its argument is strongly informed by the evidence and the insights which emerged from ethnographic research in Mexico. This research site serves a strategic purpose: by working on a location with a highly developed and commercially successful transnational television industry, but which is not among the locations usually considered by television studies written in English, the limitations to some of the assumptions underlying the orthodoxies in Anglo-American television studies are highlighted.

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Anna Cristina Pertierra and John Sinclair (editors). Consumer Culture in Latin America, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

How can we understand consumption in a region known for its cultural richness and vast inequalities? What do Latin Americans consume, and why? Examining topics from tango and samba to sex workers in Costa Rica, from eating tamales to selling ice in the Andes, and from building and moving houses to buying cell phones, this collection brings together original research on some of the many forms of consumption and consumers that contribute to Latin American cultures and histories. Contributors include sociologists, anthropologists, media and cultural studies scholars, geographers and historians, showcasing diverse approaches to understanding Latin American consumption practices and consumer culture.

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 Melissa Bellanta. Larrikins: A History, University of Queensland Press, 2012.

From the true-blue Crocodile Hunter to the blue humour of Stiffy and Mo, from the Beaconsfield miners to The Sentimental Bloke, Australia has often been said to possess a 'larrikin streak'. Today, being a larrikin has positive connotations and we think of it as the key to unlocking the Australian identity: a bloke who refuses to stand on ceremony and is a bit of scally wag. When it first emerged around 1870, however, larrikin was a term of abuse, used to describe teenage, working-class hell-raisers who populated dance halls and cheap theatres. Crucially, the early larrikins were female as well as male.
 
Larrikins: A History takes a trip through the street-based youth subcutlure known as larrikinism between 1870 and 1920. Swerving through the streets of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, it offers a glimpse into the lives of Australia's first larrikins, including bare knuckle-fighting, football-barracking, and knicker-flashing teenage girls. Along the way, it reveals much that is unexpected about the development of Australia's larrikin streak to present fascinating historical perspectives on hot 'youth issues' today, including gang violence, racist riots, and raunch culture amoung adolescent girls.

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Graeme Turner. What's Become of Cultural Studies?, Sage, 2012.

This original, sharp, and engaging book draws the reader into a compelling exploration of cultural studies in the twenty-first century. It offers a level-headed account of where cultural studies has come from, the methodological and theoretical dilemmas that it faces today, and an agenda for its future development. In an age in which the relevance of cultural studies has been called into question, this book seeks to generate debate. Focusing upon the actual practice of cultural studies within higher education today, it asks whether or not cultural studies has really managed to maintain a connection with its original political and ethical mission and comments on the strategies needed to regain the initiative.

Written by a world class figure in cultural studies, each chapter supports and guides the reader by introducing the key issues, reviewing the relevant commentary, and offering a critical conclusion of how each theme fits into a bigger picture.This timely and provocative consideration of cultural studies as a global discipline will be essential reading for academics and students working in the field for years to come.

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Anthea Taylor. Single Women in Popular Culture: The Limits of Postfeminism, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Has the way single women are represented in western popular culture really changed over the past few decades? What might the single women we find in chick lit novels, on reality television shows, and in self-help manuals reveal about postfeminism and its politics? From Bridget Jones to Carrie Bradshaw, the single woman has become more visible than ever before, prompting some commentators to suggest that she is now celebrated where once she was denigrated. However, in this book Anthea Taylor compellingly demonstrates how the single woman – despite appearing at times to be glamorized – continues to be a deeply problematic figure in popular culture. Drawing upon a wide range of media forms, she finds that singleness is commonly represented as a state that women must actively work to overcome, while coupledom is vigorously promoted as a postfeminist 'choice'. In this thought-provoking book, Taylor foregrounds how postfeminism operates in tandem with neoliberalism to limit the stories being told about single women. Characteristic of the book's nuanced approach, she also examines sites where women are attempting to refigure and validate singleness, including the blogosphere.Making an important contribution to scholarship on both singleness and postfeminism, Single Women in Popular Culture is a timely and politically engaged account of how modern single women are represented – and why it matters.

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Anna Crisitina Pertierra. Cuba: The Struggle for Consumption, Caribbean Studies Press, 2011.

The key to understanding the nature of contemporary Cuba lies in studying the struggles of everyday consumption. Through everyday practices of shopping, housework, home improvement and media consumption, the book presents a portrait of domestic life in Cuba and uses this portrayal to show that previous analyses of contemporary Cuba have overlooked the political and social importance of Cuban consumer culture in shaping identity.

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Zala Volčič and Amer Dzihana (editors). Media and National Ideologies: Analysis of Reporting on War Crime Trials in the Former Yugoslavia, Media Centar Sarajevo, 2011.

 

This book is the result of a two-year regional study entitled ‘(Un)covering Karadzivc: a case study on media (re)production of national ideologies through war crimes coverage in the former Yugoslavia’ realized with financial support from the Swiss Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans - RRPP (SDC - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Univeristy of Fribourg).

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Zala Volčič. Serbian Spaces of Identity: Narratives of Belonging by the Last “Yugo” Generation, Hampton Press, 2011.

Yugoslavia may be done, but it lives on in the memory of its last generation, along with the potent mix of nationalisms, globalization, and historical tensions that helped dissolve it. If the dissolution of Yugoslavia has taught us anything, it is that nationalism and globalization are not mutually exclusive. Drawing on the recollections of key figures among the last Serbian generation to grow up Yugoslav, this book explores the transition from socialism to capitalism, from the dream of pan-Slavic working class identity to the contentious capitalist reality that gave us the word “Balkanization”. This book paints the portrait of the ruling generation and its ambivalent attitudes toward both the socialist past and the capitalist, Western-oriented present. In so doing, it also explores the emerging phenomenon of Yugo-nostalgia — the way in which the socialist past is re-created for a consumption-oriented present as one more marketing gimmick.

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Zala Volčič, Shuang Liu and Cindy Gallois (editors). Introducing Intercultural Communication: Global Cultures and Contexts, Sage, 2011.


This multinational team of authors has put together an introduction to communicating across cultures that draws on examples and case studies from across the world, using no single culture as its frame of reference. Structured around the links between theory and practice and between the global and the local, the discussion covers the key theories and their practical applications, as well as new topics often neglected in textbooks, such as international conflict, social networking, migrancy, and the effect that technology and mass media play in the globalization of communication. This book will not merely get students through their intercultural communication course, but help teach them to become a more critical consumer of information and understand the influence of their own culture on how they view themselves and others.

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Graeme Turner. Ordinary People and the Media: The Demotic Turn, Sage, 2010.

Initially proposed in order to analyse the pervasiveness of celebrity culture, this book further develops the idea of the demotic turn as a means of examining the common elements in a range of 'hot spots' in debates within media and cultural studies today. Refuting the proposition that the demotic turn necessarily carries with it a democratising politics, this book examines the political and cultural function of the demotic turn in media production and consumption across the fields of reality TV, print and electronic news and current affairs journalism, citizen and online journalism, talk radio, and user-generated content online. It examines these fields in order to outline a structural shift in what the western media has been doing lately, and to suggest that these media activities represent something much more fundamental than contemporary media fashion.

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Graeme Turner and Stuart Cunningham. The Media and Communications In Australia, Allen and Unwin, 2002; revised editions 2006, 2010.

Traditional media are under assault from digital technologies. Online advertising is eroding the financial basis of newspapers and television, demarcations between different forms of media are fading, and audiences are fragmenting. We can podcast our favourite radio show, data accompanies television programs, and we catch up with newspaper stories on our laptops. Yet mainstream media remain enormously powerful.The Media and Communications in Australia offers a systematic introduction to this dynamic field. Fully updated and revised to take account of recent developments, this third edition outlines the key media industries and explains how communications technologies are impacting on them. It provides a thorough overview of the main approaches taken in studying the media, and includes new chapters on social media, gaming, telecommunications, sport and cultural diversity.

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Graeme Turner and Jinna Tay (editors). Television Studies After TV: Understanding Television in the Post-Broadcast Era, Routledge, 2009.

Television studies must now address a complex environment where change has been vigorous but uneven, and where local and national conditions vary significantly. Globalizing media industries, deregulatory policy regimes, the multiplication, convergence and trade in media formats, the emergence of new content production industries outside the US/UK umbrella, and the fragmentation of media audiences are all changing the nature of television today: its content, its industrial structure and how it is consumed.

Television Studies after TV leads the way in developing new ways of understanding television in the post-broadcast era. With contributions from leading international scholars, it considers the full range of convergent media now implicated in understanding television, and also focuses on large non-Anglophone markets – such as Asia and Latin America — in order to accurately reflect the wide variety of structures, forms and content which now organise television around the world.

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Anthea Taylor. Mediating Australian Feminism: Re-reading the First Stone Media Event, Peter Lang, 2008.

Helen Garner's The First Stone (1995), a 'non-fictional' book about a sexual harassment case at a University of Melbourne residential college, captured and maintained the Australian media's attention in an unprecedented way. Its publication sparked extensive media commentary regarding an alleged generational war within Australian feminism. While talkback radio, current affairs television, and cultural events such as literary festivals and forums all took part in this heated public contest over the meanings of feminism, this book reconsiders how the debate played out in the Australian print media. Analysing texts as diverse as feature articles and opinion pieces, non-fiction by young feminists, letters to the editor, celebrity feminist profiles and articles, as well as The First Stone itself, this book offers the first in-depth analysis of this debate as a 'media event'.

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Zala Volčič. Media and Identity: Spaces of Identities and Belonging, University of Maribor, Slovenia, 2008.

Theoretical, social, and political struggles over definitions of media and cultural identity worldwide centre primarily on one main issue - ‘national identity’. Taken as an almost natural category to understand cultural identity, nationality has been considered the baseline category for an examination of the ‘real’ meaning of individual and collective identities, framed within the reassuring boundaries of the nation-state. Yet, the artificiality of nation-states clearly debunk the myth of national culture as an innate set of characteristics shared equally by all nationals. Generally, this book deals with the role played by media in the creation and re-creation of (national) identities in former Yugoslavia. Since the violent collapse of former Yugoslavia, the ‘new’ nation-states of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia have attempted to position themselves on the global map while seeking to create a distinctive ‘brand’ (national) identity. Drawing on ethnographic approach, and in-depth interviews, this book examines the “imagined communities” of former Yugoslavs. It explores how their sense of an identity has been shaped by memories of the troubled past and by the changing internal and external political contexts.  Emphasizing differences of generation, gender, and class, the book suggests that with recent political changes, ways of “narrating the nation” are also changing, raising complex questions about the nature of commercial media, collective memory, the public sphere, and the politics of representation. The book argues that identity and memory in former Yugoslav states are constantly being reworked, and the geography and history also face reconstruction.

Mark Andrejevic. iSpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era, University of Kansas Press, 2007.

Many contend that our proliferating interactive media empower individuals and democratize society. But, Andrejevic asks, at what cost? In iSpy, he reveals that these and other highly touted benefits are accompanied by hidden risks and potential threats that tend to be ignored by mainstream society. His book offers the first sustained critique of a concept that has been a talking point for twenty years, an up-to-the-minute survey of interactivity across multiple media platforms. It debunks the false promises of the digital revolution still touted by the popular media while seeking to rehabilitate, rather than simply write off, the potentially democratic uses of interactive media.

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Anita Harris (editor). Next Wave Cultures: Feminism, Subcultures, Activism, Routledge, 2007.

This new collection edited by Anita Harris provides an interdisciplinary examination of young women’s multilayered lives. Contributors from fields such as education, gender and cultural studies, sociology, psychology and politics - as well as young women themselves - wrestle with both subculture theory and feminism as they attempt to understand contemporary strategies for connection and social action. They also offer insights into an understanding of how today’s young women conceive of their relationships and networks with other young women in the absence of older style feminist frameworks; and what their experiences can offer for the development of more relevant explanations of youths' social and political identities and cultures.

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Gerard Goggin. Cell Phone Culture: Mobile Technology in Everyday Life, Routledge, 2006.

Providing the first comprehensive, accessible, and international introduction to cell phone culture and theory, this book is and clear and sophisticated overview of mobile telecommunications, putting the technology in historical and technical context. Interdisciplinary in its conceptual framework, this book draws on a wide range of national, regional, and international examples, to carefully explore the new forms of consumption and use of communication and media technology that the phenomenon of mobiles represents.Also reflecting on the challenges and provocations of mobile phone technology and use, this is an absolute must read for any student of media studies, cultural studies or technology.

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Melissa Gregg. Cultural Studies' Affective Voices, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

In a series of encounters with key figures in the field of cultural studies, this book draws attention to the significance of voice and address in enacting a political project from within 'the Academy'. Combining a focus on theories of 'affect' lately dominant in the Humanities with a history of cultural studies as a discipline, Melissa Gregg highlights the diverse modes of performance that accompany and assist scholarly practice. Writing from the perspective of a new generation of cultural studies practitioners, she provides a missing link between the field's earliest political concerns with those of the present. Throughout, the ongoing importance of engaged, public Intellectualism is emphasized.

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Graeme Turner. Ending the Affair: The Decline of Television Current Affairs in Australia, UNSW Press, 2005.

Examines the state of current affairs television in Australia today by pondering its future, while drawing lessons from the past. The book questions the social and political value of what we now think of as current affairs journalism. Underpinning this approach is the conviction that TV current affairs serves functions which are important to a civilised democracy.

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Gerard Goggin and Christopher Newell. Disability in Australia: Exposing a Social Apartheid, University of New South Wales Press, 2005.

Dares to name and explore a hidden blight in society: the routine, daily and oppressive treatment of people with disabilities. Drawing on a wide range of case studies from health and welfare, sport, biotechnology, deinstitutionalisation, political life, and the treatment of refugees, this thoughtful, lively and provocative work puts disability firmly on the agenda.

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Mark McLelland. Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age, Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.

Scholarship on Japan has recently broadened to include minority perspectives on communities from marginal workers to those whose sexuality has long been overlooked. This volume, with its combination of fieldwork in the gay and lesbian communities and the use of historical sources such as journals and documents, breaks important new ground in this field. It examines gay life in the Japanese Pacific War, addresses transgender and lesbian as well as gay issues, examines the interface of queer society with the U.S. occupation and the international community, contests major interpretations of contemporary queer society, and introduces readers to the development of lesbian, transgender, and gay communities in postwar Japan.Queer Japan from the Pacific Age to the Internet Age provides a historical outline of the development of sexual-minority identity categories and community formation through a detailed analysis of both niche and mainstream publications, including magazines, newspapers, biographies, memoirs, and Internet sites. The material is also augmented with interview data from individuals who have had a long association with Japan's queer cultures. Including a wealth of images from the "perverse press," this book will appeal to students and general readers interested in modern and contemporary Japan and in gender studies and sexuality.

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Graham St John (editor). Rave Culture and Religion, Routledge, 2004.

Vast numbers of contemporary youth have attached primary significance to raving and post-rave experiences. This collection of essays explores the socio-cultural and religious dimensions of the rave, 'raving' and rave-derived phenomena. Rave Culture and Religion provides insights on developments in post-traditional religiosity (especially 'New Age' and 'Neo-Paganism') through studies of rave's Gnostic narratives of ascensionism and re-enchantment, explorations of the embodied spirituality and millennialist predispositions of dance culture, and investigations of transnational digital-art countercultures manifesting at geographic locations as diverse as Goa, India, and Nevada's Burning Man festival. Contributors examine raving as a new religious or revitalization movement; a powerful locus of sacrifice and transgression; a lived bodily experience; a practice comparable with world entheogenic rituals; and as evidencing a new Orientalism. Rave Culture and Religion will be essential reading for advanced students and academics in the fields of sociology, cultural studies and religious studies.

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Graeme Turner. Understanding Celebrity, Sage, 2004.
 
We cannot escape celebrity culture: it is everywhere. So just what is the cultural function of celebrity? This is the first comprehensive overview of the production and consumption of celebrity from within cultural and media studies. The pervasive influence of contemporary celebrity, and the cultures it produces, has been widely noticed. Earlier studies, though, have tended to focus on the consumption of celebrity or on particular locations of celebrity - Hollywood, or the sports industries for instance. This book presents a broad survey across all media as well as a new synthesis of theoretical positions, that will be welcomed by all students of media and cultural studies.
 
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Gerard Goggin (editor). Virtual Nation: The Internet in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, 2004.

The first comprehensive book that digs beneath the surface of the Internet in Australia. Moving beyond the 'how to' books, Virtual Nation offers a surprising, thought-provoking, and rigorous introduction to a technology that we now can't do without. Featuring leading experts on topics spanning history, use, culture, policy, and future, Virtual Nation is indispensable for students, researchers, teachers, policymakers, technologists, and anyone interested in how digital technologies are transforming our lives.

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Mark McLelland and Nanette Gottlieb (editors). Japanese Cybercultures, Routledge, 2003.

Japan is rightly regarded as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, yet the development and deployment of Internet technology in Japan has taken a different trajectory compared with Western nations. This is the first book to look at the specific dynamics of Japanese Internet use.

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