Cyberspace Contention in China

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The Chinese Internet is a deeply contentious space. While, in the early years, commentators made optimistic comments regarding how cyber dissent might play a significant role in China's democratization process, from 2013 onwards, researchers have noted an overall narrowing of contentious space on the Chinese Internet. Aside from well-known, top-down technological forms of censorship such as the Great Firewall of China, the Party-state is now taking a more proactive, user-participatory approach to censorship, and contention management strategies are growing in sophistication. Doubts remain about whether contention in Chinese cyberspace will ever result in collective action.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
EditorsG Ritzer
ISBN (Electronic)9781405165518
ISBN (Print)9781405124331
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2021


  • China
  • Censorship
  • Internet
  • Contention


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