The struggle between subaltern nationalisms and the nation-state in the digital age: China and its ethnic minorities

Authored by: Kwai-Cheung Lo

Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138026001
eBook ISBN: 9781315774626
Adobe ISBN: 9781317684985

10.4324/9781315774626.ch31

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Abstract

The Internet is generally considered as the core of radical politics in the digital age and is believed to have the capacity to mobilize oppositional forces to resist against dominant power structures. In the 2011 Arab Spring, the Internet’s role was perceived to be central in this series of movements for political reform and regime change (Rane and Salem 2012). However, the prediction that the Internet may have democratizing effects on contemporary Chinese society has not yet come true.

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