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Author Lei, Ya-Wen, author
Title The contentious public sphere : law, media, and authoritarian rule in China / Ya-Wen Lei
Imprint Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  JQ1510 .L4523 2018    DUE 12-23-21    30610020544425
 Ethnology Library  JQ1510 .L4523 2018    AVAILABLE    30520020845781
Descript xvii, 284 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Princeton studies in contemporary China
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-271) and index
Introduction -- The rise of a nationwide contentious public sphere -- The Chinese state's turn to law and rights -- Critical news reporting and legal-media collaborative networks -- Extending liberalization from the press to the Internet -- An emerging online public -- The Chinese state strikes back -- Conclusion
"Since the mid-2000s, public opinion and debate in China have become increasingly common and consequential, despite the ongoing censorship of speech and regulation of civil society. How did this happen? [This book] shows how the Chinese state drew on law, the media, and the Internet to further an authoritarian project of modernization, but in so doing, inadvertently created a nationwide public sphere in China--one the state must now endeavor to control. [The author] examines the influence this unruly sphere has had on Chinese politics and the ways that the state has responded. Using interviews, newspaper articles, online texts, official documents, and national surveys, [the author] shows that the development of the public sphere in China has provided an unprecedented forum for citizens to influence the public agenda, demand accountability from the government, and organize around the concepts of law and rights. [The author] demonstrates how citizens came to understand themselves as legal subjects, how legal and media professionals began to collaborate in unexpected ways, and how existing conditions of political and economic fragmentation created unintended opportunities for political critique, particularly with the rise of the Internet. The emergence of this public sphere--and its uncertain future--is a pressing issue with important implications for the political prospects of the Chinese people. Investigating how individuals learn to use public discourse to influence politics, [this book] offers new possibilities for thinking about the transformation of state-society relations"-- Book jacket flap
Link Online version: Lei, Ya-Wen. Contentious public sphere. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018] 1400887941 (OCoLC)1007245088
Subject China -- Politics and government -- 21st century
Mass media -- China -- History -- 21st century
Mass media policy -- China -- History -- 21st century
Mass media -- Political aspects -- China
Political participation -- China
Law -- China
Authoritarianism -- China
History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628
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