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Chinese Social Media

Social, Cultural, and Political Implications, 1st Edition

Edited by Mike Kent, Katie Ellis, Jian Xu

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246 pages

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Description

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



Foreword



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


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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM079000
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / General
COM087000
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
POL003000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General