1st Edition

Chinese Social Media Social, Cultural, and Political Implications

Edited By Mike Kent, Katie Ellis, Jian Xu Copyright 2018
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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