Resistance in digital China: The Southern Weekly Incident

Chen, Sally Xiaojin (2019) Resistance in digital China: The Southern Weekly Incident. Bloomsbury, Publishing, London. ISBN 9781501337697 (Accepted)

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nline popular contention in contemporary China is often exercised by Chinese citizens who promote contention whilst carefully constraining their own activities within Party limits. In Resistance in Digital China, Sally Xiaojin Chen closely examines the Southern Weekly Incident, an event that took place in January 2013 and involved contestation by Chinese journalists, citizens, and activists on the topic of media censorship in China. Through in-depth interviews and dialectic analysis, Chen vividly illustrates how Chinese people’s engrained self-constraint in political contention was interwoven into their promotion of contention in the incident.

Chen approaches interpretation of dialectic meanings behind people’s resistance by understanding their experiences of embodiment, quests for identities, and pursuit of civic connectivity during the incident. She argues that people personalized their political views and individually associated their emotions and memories with the issue at stake, and in this way, they experienced embodiment and promoted civic connectivity in digital China. Chen argues that the relations between the Party state and Chinese citizens are never one dimensional – not simply one controls and the other one resists, nor is simply cooperating, but co-habitant and evolving. The ongoing negotiation between the Chinese state and society demonstrates multifaceted power relations involved in the interplay between politics, internet businesses, and civil society. Chen explores the framework for discussing the political meaning of resistance in digital China through studying the public sphere in formation as an ongoing social movement.

This book contributes to the non-western perspective of understanding neo-liberalism and the political economy of the internet.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Sarah Maddox
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2019 09:48
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2020 14:29
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