Collective action in digital China: a case study of the 2013 southern weekly incident

Chen, Sally Xiaojin (2015) Collective action in digital China: a case study of the 2013 southern weekly incident. In: Yang, Guobin (ed.) China's contested internet. Governance in Asia . NIAS Press, Copenhagen, pp. 283-304. ISBN 9788776941758

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The 2013 Southern Weekly Incident was a confrontation of Chinese citizens against authority around the long-term issue of press freedom. It generated both online and offline action that pushed the limit of collective action in China. To understand people’s commitment to taking action, I introduce embodiment as a key factor for mobilising individuals in action. Then I present the case study of the 2013 Southern Weekly Incident, which I argue demonstrates the logic of connective action and individuals’ embodied mobilisation. A format of online and offline action being seemingly segmented by different groups of people is also highlighted in this case study, suggesting multiple action frames being facilitated by the use of the Internet in collective democratic action in China.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Collective action, The internet in China, Southern Weekly, Embodiment
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.) > JQ0021 Asia > JQ1499 East Asia Including China, Japan, Korea
Depositing User: Xiaojin Chen
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2016 16:11
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 16:11
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