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TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: The Idea of Civil Society from Early Modern to Contemporary Social Thought in the West Ancient and Classical Social Thought, the Emergence of Modern Capitalism and the Idea of Civil Society Democratic Implications of Civil Society Revival of the Concept of Civil Society in Eastern Europe Civil Society, Mass Media and the Public Sphere Civil Society Defined (Revisited) Chapter Summary Chapter 2: The Idea of Civil Society in the Chinese Context Current Debates on Civil Society in China The Concept of Civil Society in the Chinese Language Search for Civil Society among Chinese Scholars Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism and the Idea of Civil Society Economic Liberalization and Media Reform: Implications for Chinese Civil Society Chapter Summary Chapter 3: Government Policy and State Control of the Internet in China Global National Information Infrastructures: An Overview Information Economy and China¿s Information Infrastructure Leapfrogging from Laggard to Forerunner Inflow of Foreign Cash in China¿s Information Economy Militarization of Information Technologies Informatization as Nationalism Government Policy-making, State Surveillance and the Chinese Firewall The Rise of Online Campaigns Against Government Information Control and Crackdown in China Fragmented Authoritarianism, the Chinese Media and Alternative Voices Chapter Summary Chapter 4: Historical Development of the Internet in China A History of the Internet in China Rise of E-Commerce in China Globalization of China¿s Internet Sector Patterns of Internet Growth in China Chapter Summary Chapter 5: Communication, Empowerment and the Emergence of Network Public Opinion in Chinese Cyberspace The Internet as the Fourth Place The Socializing Effect and Communicative Power of Internet Use in China The Internet, Democracy and the Public Sphere The Rise of Online Public Opinion in China Online Political Efficacy and Participation in Chinese Cyberspace Chapter Summary Chapter 6: A School Explosion, a Fatal Virus, and the Internet Factor The Case Study Method The SARS Epidemic of 2003: From a Regional Health Crisis to a National Political Disaster An Overview Background: The Chinese Politics of Power Succession The SARS Outbreak: From Full Cover-up to Full Disclosure Internet, Short Message Services (SMS) and Alternative Information Flow Voluntary Support Groups Online Lessons from the SARS Case School Explosion in Jiangxi in 2001: From Premier¿s Denial to Apology The Internet as an Alternative Information Source Lessons from the Jiangxi School Blast Chapter Summary Chapter 7: Online Activism, Internet Protest and Social Movements in Chinese Cyberspace Activism and the Internet Sun Zhigang: The Death of One Man, Protest of Many, and the Change of China¿s Vagrancy Law The Role of the Internet in the Public Debate Triggered by Sun¿s Death Lessons from the Sun Zhigang Case Japan¿s Bid for a UN Security Council Permanent Seat: Online Protests, Internet Petition, and Offline Rallies Reform in the United Nations, the G-4 Proposal and Japan¿s UN Ambition Internet Populism, Online Protest and Network of Global Activism Against Japan¿s UN Security Council Bid Network Activism and Popular Participation in the Anti-Japan Protests: Concluding Remarks Chapter Summary Conclusion Notes Bibliography (English) Bibliography (Chinese) Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Internet -- Social aspects -- China.
Internet -- Political aspects -- China.
Civil society -- China.
Information policy -- China.