State, power and mobile communication: a case study of China

Lu, Jia and Weber, Ian (2007) State, power and mobile communication: a case study of China. New Media and Society, 9 (6). pp. 925-944. ISSN 1461-4448


China's telecommunications and information industry has seen unprecedented growth since the turn of the century, with the mobile telephony sector driving significant expansion. This article examines the Chinese government's strategy for managing the complexities of socio-economic changes created by the widespread adoption of mobile telephony.The study found that the government's adoption of subtler forms of power establishes a relational contract with Chinese telecommunications and information industry partners and citizenry as a foundation for implementing the strategy of controlled commodification. This contract acts to modify and clarify operational boundaries within private and public spheres in an attempt to manage often competing economic, social and political objectives.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2007 SAGE Publications. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 10 May 2010 13:02
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2013 06:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: China; commodification; control; mobile telecommunications; telephony
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160503 Communications and Media Policy
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440701 Communications and media policy
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4606 Distributed computing and systems software > 460608 Mobile computing
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441004 Social change
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
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