Digital Intimacy in China

Man Yin CHUNG, Denise Tse-Shang TANG

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Since 2008, China has experienced an explosive growth in the use of digital media and communication. Government-supported tech giants such as Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are significant industrial players contributing to China’s economy. The prosperous and vigorous digital space accommodates vibrant information flows, while generating new discourses, mobilising collective activism, and establishing online citizenship in China (Fu 2021). In parallel, the Great Firewall1 and online control in China has become more sophisticated, strategic and systematic, including but not limited to censorship, propaganda and accommodation to save or to eliminate certain contents and actively construct acceptable public discourse (Han 2018). Scholars have described the phenomenon of virtual China as a ‘co-evolution’ of Internet civil space and the growth of authoritarianism (Yang 2003)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Rights
EditorsPeter AGGLETON, Rob COVER, Carmen H. LOGIE, Christy E. NEWMAN, Richard PARKER
ISBN (Electronic)9781032243986
ISBN (Print)9781003278405
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 22 Dec 2023


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