Shared Death: Self, Sociality and Internet Group Suicide in Japan

  title={Shared Death: Self, Sociality and Internet Group Suicide in Japan},
  author={Chikako Ozawa-de Silva},
  journal={Transcultural Psychiatry},
  pages={392 - 418}
Existing models for understanding suicide fail to account for the distinctiveness of Internet group suicide, a recent phenomenon in Japan. Drawing from an ethnography of Internet suicide websites, two social commentaries in Japanese popular culture, and the work of developmental psychologist Philippe Rochat, I argue that participation in Internet suicide forums and even the act of Internet group suicide result from both a need for social connectedness and the fear of social rejection and… 

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