Power of the Internet in China Citizen Activism Online

ISBN-10: 0231144210
ISBN-13: 9780231144216
Edition: 2011
Authors: Guobin Yang
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Online Activism in an Age of Contention
The Politics of Digital Contention
The Rituals and Genres of Contention
The Changing Style of Contention
The Business of Digital Contention
Civic Associations Online
Utopian Realism in Online Communities
Transnational Activism Online
Conclusion: China's Long Revolution
Afterword to the Paperback Edition
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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