Knowledge, Experience, and Digital Contention in the age of new media – the case of China – University of Copenhagen

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Knowledge, Experience, and Digital Contention in the age of new media – the case of China

PURPOSE: This project will take China, the largest authoritarian state in the world, as the case to explore the political consequence of new media, departing from but transcending their uses in the specific moment of political contention (e.g., protests). Specifically, it will examine how the use of new media enables Chinese people to articulate and learn from the experience of political contentions and how these experiences transform into the knowledge of resistance and generate “cycles of contention” (Tarrow 2011: 195-214) in contemporary China.

METHOD: This project will employ qualitative research methods, including online ethnography and interviews, to collect data and generate insights regarding experiences, perceptions, motivations, behaviors, and implications regarding new media use and experiences of political contentions. To get a first-hand understanding of digital media-mediated political power embedded in the daily routines in natural settings, the situational approach will be based on two two-month fieldwork projects conducted inside China from 2015 to 2016.

FUNDING: Carlsbergfondet.

CONTACT: Assistant Professor Jun Liu, liujun@hum.ku.dk, tel. +45 35328416.