2011 年 79 巻 p. 2-3
With the current increasing pace of globalization, the "integration" of people from different cultures, ethnic groups and religious backgrounds has become an important issue with significance on a global level. What role is the media able to play in the development of multicultural society? In the past, the group unit of multicultural society was considered to be "nation" or "nationality." However, in the 21st century context, multiculturalism has come to extend far beyond "nation" to include "religion," "race" and "gender." Furthermore, it is also possible to point out changes in the form and function of "ethnic media." With the advance of media communication technology, ethnicity has been brought to the fore and there is a movement towards ethnic groups that were in the past considered as "minorities confined to a single country" being conceptualized as "diasporas." In addition, of the many relationships that exist in this context, there is an increasing need to understand that between "multicultural society and media." For example, within media research there is a need to consider topics such as the cultural and political dynamics of networks that transcend national boundaries created by diasporas through the use of media, and the relationship between mainstream society and groups comprising people from many cultures. We aim to investigate the transformations, issues and possibilities of media in an increasingly multicultural society and to search for and present new research frameworks and concepts within the field of "multicultural society and media."