[csaa-forum] Lifestyle culture and social transformation in Asia: Extended Call for Abstracts

Dion Kagan dkagan at unimelb.edu.au
Sat Apr 14 14:55:32 CST 2012

(Apologies for cross-posting)


*Lifestyle culture **and social transformation in Asia*

*A special issue of Media International Australia (2013) co-edited by Tania
Lewis (RMIT), Fran Martin (University of Melbourne) and John Sinclair
(University of Melbourne)*

If there is one trend that could be said to characterise Asian late
modernities, it is the shared experience of hyper-accelerated social,
cultural and economic transformation. Consumer culture is playing an
increasing role in countries once dominated by socialism. Neoliberal
economic and social policies are increasingly being adopted by
authoritarian statist regimes, with liberalization processes restructuring
national economies and, to varying degrees, transforming state structures.
More and more, governments in Asia are addressing their citizens as
individualised, sovereign consumers with reflexive ‘choices’ about their
lifestyles and identities. One of the correlates of these processes of
(neo)liberalisation has been the emergence of new formations of
consumption-oriented middle classes with lifestyle aspirations that are
shaped by national, regional and global influences. How are everyday
conceptions and experiences of identity and citizenship being transformed
by emerging and rearticulated cultures of modernity across the region?

This issue will examine the growing role of lifestyle media and culture in
Asia, drawing upon the insights of existing research on lifestyle culture
and consumption but extending its focus by relocating such concerns within
the context of Asia and within a trans-national comparative frame, thus
shifting the study of lifestyle away from the Western-centric approach that
has dominated the field to date.

The editors welcome the submission of abstracts proposing papers dealing
with the following texts and concepts in Asian contexts (including but not
limited to Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam,

-       Lifestyle media, from fashion magazines to makeover TV to Internet
style guides

-       Food, celebrity chefs and the cultivation of taste

-       The role of lifestyle experts and cultural intermediaries in Asian
lifestyle media from ‘supernannys’ to dating advisors to style gurus

-       Transnational media and the emergence of regional style cultures

-       Green consumption and the LOHAS movement in Asia

-       New identities in lifestyle and consumer culture

-       Constructing lifestyles in home design and real estate marketing

-       The place of religion in life advice media

-       Health and fitness discourses in lifestyle media

-       Travel advice and lifestyle tourism

-       Historical accounts of the development of lifestyle media in Asia

Please submit 200-word abstracts to Dion Kagan: dkagan at unimelb.edu.au by *April
29th 2012.*

Dion Kagan | Lecturer, *Sex & the Screen*
School of Culture & Communication
Room 346, John Medley Building, East Tower
dkagan at unimelb.edu.au
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