From Online Mass Incidents to Defiant Enclaves : Political Dissent on China’s Internet

Shen YANG*, Fengshi WU*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article examines political criticism and oppositional discourses on China’s Internet from 2012, near the end of Hu Jintao’s era, up through the current Xi Jinping administration. We focus on two main types of Internet activity in which criticism and discourses emerge—online mass incidents and defiant enclaves—and compare their discursive elements. The core messages and critiques by leading activists and dissidents and their followers in the latter have become more multilayered, radical, and antiregime. Both types of political dissent are alive and persist, but the potential for them to connect various social grievances has declined in recent years, as state control over the Internet and digital spaces has significantly tightened.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-39
Number of pages20
JournalThe China Journal
Volume87
Issue number1
Early online date22 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

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