The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online

The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online

by Guobin Yang
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231144202

ISBN-13: 9780231144209

Pub. Date: 06/26/2009

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Since the mid-1990s, the Internet has revolutionized popular expression in China, enabling users to organize, protest, and influence public opinion in unprecedented ways. Guobin Yang's pioneering study maps an innovative range of contentious forms and practices linked to Chinese cyberspace, delineating a nuanced and dynamic image of the Chinese Internet as an arena

Overview

Since the mid-1990s, the Internet has revolutionized popular expression in China, enabling users to organize, protest, and influence public opinion in unprecedented ways. Guobin Yang's pioneering study maps an innovative range of contentious forms and practices linked to Chinese cyberspace, delineating a nuanced and dynamic image of the Chinese Internet as an arena for creativity, community, conflict, and control. Like many other contemporary protest forms in China and the world, Yang argues, Chinese online activism derives its methods and vitality from multiple and intersecting forces, and state efforts to constrain it have only led to more creative acts of subversion. Transnationalism and the tradition of protest in China's incipient civil society provide cultural and social resources to online activism. Even Internet businesses have encouraged contentious activities, generating an unusual synergy between commerce and activism. Yang's book weaves these strands together to create a vivid story of immense social change, indicating a new era of informational politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231144209
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/26/2009
Series:
Contemporary Asia in the World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of FiguresList of TablesAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Online Activism in an Age of Contention2. The Politics of Digital Contention3. The Rituals and Genres of Contention4. The Changing Style of Contention5. The Business of Digital Contention6. Civic Associations Online7. Utopian Realism in Online Communities8. Transnational Activism OnlineConclusion: China's Long RevolutionNotes Bibliography Index

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