This book presents a comprehensive overview of transactional forms of the digital across the Asian region by addressing the platforms and infrastructures that shape the digital experience. Contributors argue that each and every encounter mediated by the digital carries with it a functional exchange, but at the same time each transaction also implies an exchange based on social relationships for the digital age. In capturing the digital revolution through case studies of economic, informational, and social exchanges from across the larger Asian region, the book offers a richly contextualized and comparative account of the pervasive nature of the digital as both a medium for action and a medium of record.

chapter 1|22 pages

Digital Transactions in Asia

ByAdrian Athique

part 1|114 pages

Platforms, Infrastructure and Regulation

chapter 2|19 pages

Zhejiang’s Digital Dream

ByMichael Keane, Huan Wu

chapter 3|19 pages

Infrastructure and Platform Anxieties in India

ByPradip Thomas

chapter 4|20 pages

Recalibrating China in a Time of Platforms

ByTom O’Regan, Luzhou Li

chapter 5|21 pages


India’s Year of Living Digitally
ByAdrian Athique

chapter 6|15 pages

Another Dimension of Digital

3D Printing and Intellectual Property in Asia
ByAngela Daly, Jiajie Lu, Luke Heemsbergen

chapter 7|18 pages

Digital Rights in Asia

Rethinking Regional and International Agendas
ByGerard Goggin, Michele Ford, Fiona Martin, Adele Webb, Ariadne Vromen, Kimberlee Weatherall

part 2|148 pages

Financial, Social and Cultural Transactions

chapter 8|17 pages

Embedding Digital Money amongst Chinese Migrant Factory Workers

ByTom McDonald

chapter 9|16 pages

The Digital State

A Tale of Tweets and Foods in Contemporary India
ByRajiv K. Mishra

chapter 10|20 pages

‘Skill-Makers’ in the Platform Economy

Transacting Digital Labour
ByCheryll Ruth R. Soriano, Joy Hannah C. Panaligan

chapter 11|17 pages

The Enterprising Self

Disability and Digital Entrepreneurship in China
ByHaiqing Yu

chapter 12|15 pages

Resilient Love

Intimacy, Social Media Surveillance and (Dis)Trust in Metro Manila
ByJozon A. Lorenzana

chapter 13|18 pages

Chinese Transcreators, Webtoons and the Korean Digital Wave

ByBrian Yecies, Aegyung Shim, Jack Yang

chapter 14|18 pages

Insurrectionary Tendencies

The Viral Fever Comedies and Indian Media
ByAkshaya Kumar

chapter 15|25 pages

Hijabers on Instagram

Visualising the Ideal Muslim Woman
ByEmma Baulch, Alila Pramiyanti