The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online

The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online

by Guobin Yang
     
 

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 contentious forms and practices linked to Chinese cyberspace, delineating a dynamic image of the Chinese Internet as an arena for creativity, community,

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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 contentious forms and practices linked to Chinese cyberspace, delineating a dynamic image of the Chinese Internet as an arena for creativity, community, conflict, and control. Like many contemporary protest forms, 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. Yang's vivid story exemplifies this new era of informational politics, and a new afterword provides a detailed analysis of recent developments.

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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 RevolutionNotesBibliographyIndex

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