My dissertation explores how the material and cultural dimensions of assistive technologies (AT) and popular portrayals of Deafness have impacted Deaf identity and representation in contemporary Japan. I argue that the cultural and technological dimensions of the Deaf experience are co-constituted, and ask what this inseparability tells us about socio-political relations in contemporary Japan. Through an interdisciplinary media studies and cultural studies approach, my project traces not only the impact of Deaf material and popular culture on Deaf personhood, but also on power structures relating to minority communities and the communications infrastructure of Japanese society as a whole.

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