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Attitudes to Cryptocurrencies : A Comparative Study between Sweden and Japan

Authors
  • Grassman, Rickard
  • Bracamonte, Vanessa
  • Davis, Matthew
  • Sato, Maki
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s12626-021-00069-6
OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-191476
Source
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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Language
English
License
Green
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Abstract

In this paper, we explore how cryptocurrencies have been received in Sweden and Japan, and what specific attitudes and discourses may reveal about the ethical implications surrounding this new technology. By way of topic modelling prevalent discourses on social media among users of cryptocurrencies, and teasing out the more culturally situated significance in such interactions through discourse analysis, our aim is to unpack the way certain tropes and traces around the notion of autonomy may provide a fruitful lens through which we may discern how this technology has been received in each respective country. The ultimate aim of the paper is to shed light on the attitudes that inform the way this technology is perceived and the cultural and ideological nuances that this brings to the fore, as well as how this culturally nuanced view may help us better discern the potential advantages and ethical challenges associated with this new technology. 

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