Open source, collectivism, and Japanese society

Iitaka, Toshikazu (2010) Open source, collectivism, and Japanese society. In: Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication 2010 Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication Vancouver, Canada, 15-18 June 2010. School of Information Technology Murdoch University, Murdoch, pp. 357-371.


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This paper is about collectivism in the Network Society. Many researches about the Network Society evaluate collectivism, citing Japanese culture and Hacker culture as good models of such collectivism. However, some researchers, such as K. Abe in his analysis of “Seken,” criticize Japanese collectivism. Abe’s study pointed out the negative effect of Japanese collectivism on scientific progress. This paper will criticize Abe’s study and offer a new model for evaluating collectivism, which has previously been evaluated in earlier studies about the Network Society. First this paper introduces the previous studies and considers a model of communication in the Network Society. Then this paper considers the results of a survey of Japanese engineers in order to test the validity and shortcomings of this model.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Cultural Attitudes Towards Communication and Technology, Proceedings > CATaC Conference 2010
Depositing User: Sissi Kemp
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2013 06:37
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2013 18:44

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