China’s Contested Internet

Edited by Guobin Yang

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Available from NIAS Press worldwide
ISBN Hardback: 978 87 7694 175 8, £50 (October 2015)
ISBN Paperback: 978 87 7694 176 5, £22.50 (October 2015)

About the book

• Sophisticated analyses of multiple dimensions of the Chinese Internet.

• Covers hackerspaces, online activism, diaosi, weiguan, censorship of Internet fiction, the government presence on Weibo, and much more.

• Based on first-hand research and original data.

Is there a pre-Weibo and post-Weibo era in Chinese Internet history? Are hackerspaces in China the same as in the West? How can the censorship of an Internet novel end up “producing” it? How is Lu Xun’s passive and ignorant spectator turned into an activist on the Internet? What are the multiple ways of being political online? Such intriguing questions are the subject of this captivating new book. Its ten chapters combine first-hand research with multi-disciplinary perspectives to offer original insights on the fast-changing landscape of the Chinese Internet. Other topics studied include online political consultation, ethnic identity and racial contestation in cyberspace, and the Southern Weekly protest in 2013. In addition, the editor’s introduction highlights the importance of understanding the depth of people’s experiences and institutional practices with a historical sensibility.

About the author

Guobin Yang is Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and Department og Sociology. He is the author of The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online.

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