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The fast diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in China has brought forth new forms of connection among the Chinese and has changed their social lives. Virtual networks have been developed and in turn have led to the formation of networks in the actual world. This collection explores the resultant complications in the relationship between virtual, actual, and local interactions. It discusses various aspects of the implications of the new connectivities on these three types of interactions in China. The topics examined include: the possibility of the development of…mehr
The fast diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in China has brought forth new forms of connection among the Chinese and has changed their social lives. Virtual networks have been developed and in turn have led to the formation of networks in the actual world. This collection explores the resultant complications in the relationship between virtual, actual, and local interactions. It discusses various aspects of the implications of the new connectivities on these three types of interactions in China. The topics examined include: the possibility of the development of civil society in China, the implications for the migrant workers in the south, the challenge posed to the traditional social order, and the relationship between the new connectivities and the Chinese social context.
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Acknowledgements.- Notes on Contributors.- Chapter 1. Introduction. PART I. THE INTERNET COMMUNICATION AND THE ISSUE OF CIVIL SOCIETY.- Chapter 2. NPOs in China: Some Issues Concerning Internet Communication; Boxu Yang.- Chapter 3. Dot the "I's" and Cross the "T's": A Sociological Interpretation of Chinese Cyberspace and Grace Wang Qianyuan Incident; Chung-tai Cheng.- Chapter 4. Rage and Reflection: Chinese Nationalism Online Between Emotional Venting and Measured Opinion; David Kurt Herold.- PART II. STUDIES ON mOBILE PHONE USES IN BEIJING.- Chapter 5. Beijing Calling... Mobile Communication in Contemporary China; Leopoldina Fortunati, Anna Maria Manganelli, Pui-lam Law, Shanhua Yang.- Chapter 6. The Mobile Face of Contemporary China; Leopoldina Fortunati, Anna Maria Manganelli, Pui-lam Law, Shanhua Yang.- Chapter 7. A Preliminary Study on the Use of Mobile Phones amongst Migrant Workers in Beijing; Ke Yang.- PART III. THE ICTs AND MIGRANT WORKERS IN SOUTHERN CHINA.- Chapter 8. Mobile Cultures of Migrant Workers in Southern China: Informal Literacies in the Negotiation of (New) Social Relations of the New Working Women; Angel Lin and Alvin Tong.- Chapter 9. Internet Use of Migrant Workers in the Pearl River Delta; Yinni Peng.- Chapter 10. The Relationship of Mobile Telephony to Job Mobility in China's Pearl River Delta; Raymond Ngan and Stephen Ma.- Chapter 11. Mobile Communication and the Issue of Identity: An Exploratory Study of the Uses of Camera Phone among Migrant Workers in Southern China; Pui-lam Law.- PART IV. NEW NETWORK AND NEW IDENTIFICATION.- Chapter 12. Beyond Privileges: New Media and the Issues of Glocalization in China; Boxu Yang.- Chapter 13. The Principled Machine: A Socio-political Inquiry of Mobile Voting in Chinese Society; Chung-tai Cheng.- Chapter 14. The Use of ICT Products and "White-collarization" of White Collars Workers: An Everyday-Life Perspective; Shanhua Yang and Jing Li.- Chapter 15. Home and Away: A Case Study of Emerging Technocultures and Mobility in Shanghai; Larissa Hjorth.- PART V. NEW CONNECTIVITIES AND CHINESE SOCIAL CONTEXT.- Chapter 16. Is there a Chinese Digital Sublime? Some Reflections on the Cultural Representations of Technology; Matteo Tarantino.- Chapter 17. ICT Use with Chinese Characteristics; Wai-Chi Chu and Yinni Peng.- Chapter 18. ICT4D: Internet Adoption and Usage among Rural Users in China; Jinqiu Zhao.-
From the reviews:
"New Connectivities in China: Virtual, Actual and Local Interactions delves into the emergent domain of information and communication technologies in China. ... unique in its depiction of varied scholarly perspectives that are integrated into a generally understandable, and readable, text. The message is sound, enlightening, and compelling. A wide-ranging analysis of this sort should not be avoided by any scholar, researcher, student, or enthusiast of mediated communication - especially those who draw critical interest in regional perspectives." (David McCoy, Mobile Media & Communication, Vol. 1 (2), 2013)
"This edited volume is an excellent documentation of technology-mediated everyday life in contemporary China. The book vividly describes how the rapid technologization of China has overlapped temporally with urbanization, industrialization, and the expansion of the service sector. It also describes how this enormous and rapid social change is intertwined with the norms and values of traditional Chinese culture. ... On the whole, the book is well worth reading for all who are curious to know how the Chinese communicate today." (Sakari Taipale, International Journal of Communication, Vol. 7, 2013)
"This book should become a bestseller because it hints at what is beyond the 'too big to fail' scale, even though that is not the subject of the book. ... a collection of carefully written, deeply articulate observations ... . almost every page brings the reader deeper into the upbeat context of a social scale that the West vaguely conceives as some eventual globalization. ... This is not just a must-read; it is a must-read and assimilate." (Chaim Schef, ACM Computing Reviews, August, 2012) …mehr
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