Mobilized by Mobile Communication - How Chinese Citizens use Mobile Phones to Change Politics and Democracy in China – University of Copenhagen

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Mobilized by Mobile Communication

[Completed project]

How Chinese Citizens use Mobile Phones to Change Politics and Democracy in China


PURPOSE: The implications of information and communication technologies for current socioeconomic developments in China have attracted substantial public as well as scholarly interest. Nevertheless, very little systematic work has been done so far on mobile media and its implications for political purposes and democratic participation in China. China is the world’s biggest mobile phone powerhouse today with over 920 million subscribers, an average of seven out of ten people. The project examines the role of mobile phones in creating a new way of spontaneously mobilizing popular protests in China.

METHOD: The project includes two three-month fieldworks in China focusing on archival materials, ethnographic data collection and in-depth interviews.

FUNDING: PhD scholarship, University of Copenhagen.

CONTACT: PhD Fellow Jun Liu, liujun@hum.ku.dk, tel. +45 52634439.

FURTHER READING: project description (PDF).