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Book Contesting cyberspace in China : online expression and authoritarian resilience / Rongbin Han.
Publication year: 
Call Number HN740.Z9 I567434 2018
Media class: Book
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231184755 0231184751 9780231184748 0231184743
Extent: xvi, 315 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Total number of loans: 0
Loans this year: 0
Number of reservations: 0
"In Contesting Cyberspace in China, Rongbin Han offers a powerful counterintuitive explanation for China's survival in the digital age. Han reveals how the state, service providers, and netizens negotiate the limits of discourse, arguing that state censorship has conditioned online expression but has failed to bring it under control. However, online expression has proved less threatening than expected due to the multiplicity of beliefs, identities, and values. State-sponsored and spontaneous pro-government commenters have turned out to be a major presence in Chinese cyberspace, denigrating dissenters and barraging oppositional voices. This book interrogates our assumptions about authoritarian resilience and the democratizing power of the Internet"--Publisher description.
Introduction : pluralism and cyberpolitics in China -- Harmonizing the Internet : state control over online expression -- To comply or to resist? : the intermediaries' dilemma -- Pop activism : playful netizens in cyberpolitics -- Trolling for the party : state-sponsored internet commentators -- Manufacturing distrust : online political opposition and its backlash -- Defending the regime : the "voluntary fifty-cent army" -- Authoritarian resilience online : mismatched capacity, miscalculated threat.