The Internet and digital media have become conduits and locales where millions of Chinese share information and engage in creative expression and social participation. This book takes a cutting-edge look at the impacts and implications of an increasingly networked China. Eleven chapters cover the terrain of a complex social and political environment, revealing how modern China deals with digital media and issues of censorship, online activism, civic life, and global networks. The authors in this collection come from diverse geographical backgrounds and employ methods including ethnography, interview, survey, and digital trace data to reveal the networks that provide the critical components for civic engagement in Chinese society.
The Chinese state is a changing, multi-faceted entity, as is the Chinese public that interacts with the new landscape of digital media in adaptive and novel ways. Networked China: Global Dynamics of Digital Media and Civic Engagement situates Chinese internet in its complex, generational context to provide a full and dynamic understanding of contemporary digital media use in China. This volume gives readers new agendas for this study and creates vital new signposts on the way for future research.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
China is a networked society, where people and organizations maneuver through their relationships. Information flows through complex networks that encompass both mass media and social media. This fascinating book scans wide and digs deep to show how. Barry Wellman, director of NetLab, University of Toronto
It has been twenty years since China joined the unfolding Internet era, and this volume helps to document the remarkable developments of this generation. Twenty years ago, scholars and policy makers were asking if China, with its cautious approach to information and information technologies, would be able to fully embrace the Internet. Ten years ago, those analysts were asking if the network would change China. This volume demonstrates that China has more than embraced the network; it has indeed changed it, and that many of the most important on- and off-ramps of that superhighway are written in Chinese. Randy Kluver, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
This is, of no doubt, a definite book for Chinese Internet research. The authors have examined cyber-China and its political dynamics from multiple vantage points, using solid quantitative and qualitative data, applying both traditional and the latest digital methods. The result is systematic and comparative, informative and nuanced. Jack Qiu, Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kongã
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