Mental Health in East Asia: Cultural Beliefs, Social Networks, and Mental Health ExperienceswithRoutledge
Questions about mental health problems have gained new urgency as their consequences grow more visible in East Asia. But our understanding, funding, and evidence has not kept pace. More and more workers in China report depression and anxiety each year. More people died in Japan by suicide than by COVID-19 in 2021. Even high-profile Korean pop stars have left the world by their own hand, blips in South Korea's suicide rate that sits among the highest in the world. Millions of souls still suffer in silence.
This monograph will be the first to examine how culture informs popular understandings and experiences of mental health in East Asia, as well as provide a way forward on resolving them. It unpacks the social psychological concepts and network structures that make up the blueprint of East Asian cultures and untangles their myriad influences on how people think, feel, and trust with respect to mental health experiences. Drawing on the latest quantitative evidence, network science, and novel qualitative data, I paint a portrait of mental health in the region – and articulate culturally sensitive policies and practices tailored for East Asian cultures that improve mental health experiences and ultimately legitimize mental health.
Cross-Cultural Networks and Communication in an Age of Digitalization with Social Sciences
This is an edited collection focuses on examining the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies present for networking and communication processes, with particular attention to how culture, broadly defined, acts as a driver of such changes and at the same time may itself be transformed. The proliferation of digital technologies, most of all digital platforms, in everyday communication has raised questions about political and social influence, inequality, wellbeing, values, schemas, community-building, and trust.
How do digital innovations change the way in which actors build meaning in specific political, social, and economic contexts? What are the implications of such transformations for inequality or for culturally motivated ideations and behaviors? What happens to cultures themselves as digital platforms invite the cross-pollination of ideas from around the world? What new (sub)cultures are formed on digital platforms? What new sources of data has digitalization made available for research along these lines?
This Special Issue will feature an international and interdisciplinary collection of essays that advance theoretical, empirical, and methodological analyses of the intersection of networks, communication, culture, and digital technologies. I welcome papers that examine within these broad areas case studies of specific cultures or social phenomena, specific types of digital technologies, or theoretical or methodological treatises.