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Chinese Social Media

Social, Cultural, and Political Implications, 1st Edition

Edited by Mike Kent, Katie Ellis, Jian Xu


246 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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This book brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to address critical perspectives on Chinese language social media, internationalizing the state of social media studies beyond the Anglophone paradigm. The collection focuses on the intersections between Chinese language social media and disability, celebrity, sexuality, interpersonal communication, charity, diaspora, public health, political activism and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The book is not only rich in its theoretical perspectives but also in its methodologies. Contributors use both qualitative and quantitative methods to study Chinese social media and its social–cultural–political implications, such as case studies, in-depth interviews, participatory observations, discourse analysis, content analysis and data mining.

Table of Contents


Michael Keane

1. Chinese social media today

Mike Kent, Katie Ellis and Jian Xu

Part I: Chinese Social Media and the Public

2. Micro-philanthropy and new grassroots associations: Social media and the rights discourse in China.

Haiqing Yu

3.Social media and legitimization tactics of grassroots NGOs in China: A case study of Love Save Pneumoconiosis

Dianlin Huang

4. The "Making" of online celebrity – A case Study of Chinese rural same-sex male couple Anwei and Yebin

Tianyang Zhou and Lianrui Jia

5. Populist sentiments and digital ethos in the social media space: Revelations of Weibo celebrities in China

Zixue Tai, Xiaolong Liu and Jiang Liang

Part II: Chinese Social Media and (Re)Presentation

6. Framing food safety issues in China: The interplay of official discourse and civil discourse

Yang Wang

7. Face-work on social media: The presentation of self on Renren and Facebook

Xiaoli Tian

8. RenRen and social capital in contemporary China

Naziat Choudhury and David Holmes

Part III: Chinese Social Media and Disability

9. WeChat and the Voice Donor campaign: an example of ‘doing good’ on social media

Mike Kent, Katie Ellis, Joy Zhang, and He Zhang

10. Accessibility in China: a Peep at a Leopard through a tube

Yao Ding and G. Anthony Giannoumis

11. The Accessibility of Chinese Social Media Applications: A heuristic evaluation of WeChat app

Weiqin Chen, Way Kiat Bong and Nan Li

Part IV: Chinese Social Media in Greater China and Overseas

12. From (anti-mainland) sinophobia and shibboleths to mobilisation on a Taiwanese message board

Joshua Cader

13. The Chineseness of Chinese Internet companies

Gianluigi Negro

14. Chinese language social media overseas: Global expansion and influences on diasporic identity formation

Jiajie Lu

Part V: Chinese social media critique

15. Re-imagining Guangzhou on Sina Weibo - developing a geographic approach of Chinese social media

Wilfred Yang Wang

16. The decline of Sina Weibo: A technological, political and market analysis

Jonathan Benny and Jian Xu

About the Editors

Mike Kent is Head of Department and a senior lecturer in the Internet Studies Department at Curtin University, Australia

Katie Ellis is a senior research fellow in the Internet Studies Department and convenor of the Critical Disability Studies Research Network at Curtin University, Australia

Jian Xu is a research fellow at the School of Communications and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Australia

About the Series

Routledge Research in Digital Media and Culture in Asia

This book series explores Asian culture and digital technologies in a socio-economic, cultural, and technological context. It focuses on not only the celebratory achievement of local popular culture through the analysis of media texts, but also the significance of social milieu in the development of local digital technologies. Books in this series emphasize the economic and industrial aspects of popular culture and digital culture to articulate the relationship between cultural industries, the global market, and government, acknowledging that digital technologies and culture are fundamentally altering the ways in which we communicate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / General
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies