Remaking Guangzhou: Geo-identity and place-making on Sina Weibo

Wang, Wilfred Yang (2015) Remaking Guangzhou: Geo-identity and place-making on Sina Weibo. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy, 156(Aug), pp. 29-38.

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Abstract

This study uses the concept of 'place-making' to consider the formation of geo-identity on Sina Weibo, one of the most popular microblogging services in China. Besides articulating state-public confrontation during major social controversies, Weibo has been used to recollect and re-narrate the memories of a city, such as Guangzhou, where dramatic social and cultural changes took place during the economic reform era. This study aims to explore how Weibo sustains political engagement through maintaining Guangzhou people's sense of belonging to their city. By collecting data from a Weibo group over a period of twelve months, I argue that Weibo politics not only takes place during a contentious events, but is sustained within the realm of everyday life. This study has the potential to contribute to the limited knowledge of Weibo use during non-contentious period in China, hence broadening the notion of popular polity in the age of social media.

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ID Code: 87500
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Guangzhou, Geo-identity, Weibo group (weiqun), Sina Weibo
ISSN: 1329-878X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 inFormat
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2015 01:18
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2015 19:20

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