Historicizing Online Politics: Telegraphy, the Internet, and Political Participation in China

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It is widely recognized that internet technology has had a profound effect on political participation in China, but this new use of technology is not unprecedented in Chinese history. This is a pioneering work that systematically describes and analyzes the manner in which the Chinese used telegraphy during the late Qing, and the internet in the contemporary period, to participate in politics.

Drawing upon insights from the fields of anthropology, history, political science, and ...

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Overview

It is widely recognized that internet technology has had a profound effect on political participation in China, but this new use of technology is not unprecedented in Chinese history. This is a pioneering work that systematically describes and analyzes the manner in which the Chinese used telegraphy during the late Qing, and the internet in the contemporary period, to participate in politics.

Drawing upon insights from the fields of anthropology, history, political science, and media studies, this book historicizes the internet in China and may change the direction of the emergent field of Chinese internet studies. In contrast to previous works, this book is unprecedented in its perspective, in the depth of information and understanding, in the conclusions it reaches, and in its methodology. Written in a clear and engaging style, this book is accessible to a broad audience.

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"Zhou's book is an engaging and important addition to the literary of Chinese media studies."—New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804751285
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/16/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Yongming Zhou is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Table of Contents

1 Telegraphy, culture, and policymaking 19
2 Telegraphy, newspapers, and public opinion 39
3 Telegraphy, political participation, and state control 59
4 Public telegrams and nationalist mobilizations 80
5 Telegraph power : textual and historical contexts 104
6 China and the Internet : proactive development and control 131
7 Negotiating power online : the party state, intellectuals, and the Internet 155
8 Living on the cyber border : Minjian online political writers in China 181
9 Informed nationalism : military Web sites in Chinese cyberspace 208
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