Remaking Guangzhou: Political engagement and place-making on Sina Weibo

Wang, Wilfred Yang (2014) Remaking Guangzhou: Political engagement and place-making on Sina Weibo. In Parycek, Peter, Sachs, Michael, & Skoric, Marko M. (Eds.) Proceedings of the International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government - Asia 2014, Centre for E-Governace Danube University Krems, Hong Kong, pp. 43-52.


This study uses the concept of ‘place-making’ to consider political engagement on Sina Weibo, one of the most popular microblogging services in China. Besides articulating statepublic confrontation during major social controversies, Weibo has been used to recollect and renarrate the memories of a city, such as Guangzhou, where dramatic social and cultural changes took place during the economic reform era. The Chinese government’s ongoing project to create a culturally indifferent ‘national identity’ triggers a defensive response from local places. Through consuming news and information about leisure and entertainment in Guangzhou, the digital narration of the city becomes an important source for Guangzhou people to learn about their geo-identity, and the kind of rights and responsibility attaching to it.

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ID Code: 82906
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Geo-identity, Guangzhou, place-making, politcal engagement, Sina Weibo
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Austria License.
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2015 04:20
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 05:00

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