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ERIC Number: EJ819531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2973
"Suicide Machine" Seekers: Transgressing Suicidal Taboos Online
Seko, Yukari
Learning Inquiry, v2 n3 p181-199 Dec 2008
Internet-mediated joint suicides or "Net group suicides" ("Net shinju") has become a significant social problem in Japan since 2002. Despite a privileged view of suicide-related cyberspaces as a murky underworld, there has been little study about how the participants of such spaces interact and perform their "suicidal" identity. Viewing cyberspace as a unique discursive playground that sprouts a myriad of transgressive narratives, this paper examines "Suicide Club" ("Jisatsu Club") an online discussion forum that facilitated the largest "Net group suicide" in Japanese history. A thematic content analysis of actual postings on "Suicide Club" reveals the double-edged nature of the forum. While some participants were determined to seek suicide companions or what I metaphorically call "suicide machines," others used the board as a social outlet to freely disclose their pent-up struggles, attempting to collectively transgress social taboos of suicide.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan