Digital genealogies: Understanding social mobile media line in the role of Japanese families

Kana Ohashi, Fumitoshi Kato, Larissa Hjorth

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This article explores the emergence of the dominant mobile social media platform in Japan, LINE. In particular, the article focuses upon its usage to maintain familial ties, especially between matriarchal connections. Drawing upon ethnographic work with 12 families over 3 years, this article seeks to provide a detailed and nuanced sense of how social mobile media is deployed intergenerationally.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Media and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1



  • Families
  • Japan
  • Mobile media
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Computer Science Applications

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