The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online

Paperback | January 5, 2011

byGuobin YangAfterword byGuobin Yang

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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.

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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 t...

Guobin Yang is an associate professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is coeditor, with Ching Kwan Lee, of Re-envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 5, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231144210

ISBN - 13:9780231144216

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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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The Power of the Internet in China offers us not only a rich study of Chineseonline activism but also raises significant questions about China's civil society.