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The Internet and New Social Formation in China

Fandom Publics in the Making, 1st Edition

By Weiyu Zhang


144 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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There are billions of internet users in China, and this number is continually growing. This book looks at the various purposes of this internet use, and provides a study about how the entertainment-consuming users form into publics through the mediation of technologies in the era of network society. It questions how individuals, mediated by new information and communication technologies, come together to form new social categories. The book goes on to investigate how public(s) is formed in the era of network society, with particular focus on how fans become publics in a society that follows the logic of network. Using online surveys and in-depth interviews, this book provides a rich description of the process of constructing a new social formation in contemporary China.


"(…) a carefully researched contribution to the literature on contemporary China." - Yingchi Chu, Murdoch University

Table of Contents

1. Publics, Fans, and Social Media 2. Popular Culture and ICTs 3. Rear Window to Movies: From Fans to Subaltern Publics 4. Ten Years After: From Subaltern to Regular Publics 5. Online Translation Communities: From Consumers to Prod-users 6. House of Cards: From Entertainment to Politics 7. Douban vs. Renren: Fan Objects as Network Nodes8. Weibo Publics: Celebrities as Network Nodes 9. Fandom Publics: Social Formation in the Network Society

About the Author

Weiyu Zhang is Associate Professor in the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore.

About the Series

Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of media, culture and social change in Asia. New proposals are welcome, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor, Stephanie Donald, at

Editorial Board:

Gregory N. Evon, University of New South Wales
Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney
Michael Keane, Curtin University
Tania Lewis, RMIT University, Melbourne
Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong
Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales

Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gary Rawnsley, Aberystwyth University
Ming-yeh Rawnsley, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University
Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
Jing Wang, MIT
Ying Zhu, Hong Kong Baptist University



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General