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Published in: Journal of Chinese Political Science 3/2021

17-02-2021 | Book Review

Jun Liu, Shifting Dynamics of Contention in the Digital Age: Mobile Communication and Politics in China

(New York: Oxford University Press, 2020), 232p. $99.95 hardback; $29.95 paperback

Author: Rongbin Han

Published in: Journal of Chinese Political Science | Issue 3/2021

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In this excellent book, Jun Liu advocates a communication-centered perspective that highlights how communication in various forms, be it face-to-face, mass communication, or networked communication, may permeate different phases of contention and shape the dynamics of contentious politics. With impressive first-hand fieldwork and interview data collected in a period of over 10 years (roughly 2003–2013), Liu fleshes out his point by systematically examining the influence of communication, especially mobile communication, on political contention as it unfolds. Liu elucidates nicely how ubiquitously available mobile phones condition the choice of contention repertoires among different social groups in different contexts, facilitate protest mobilization through the strong and reciprocal ties, and enable rumor diffusion that functions both as a covert resistance tactic and a frame to contest the state’s control and manipulation of communication. Liu closes the book by summarizing the key findings and broadening the scope of investigation beyond China to see how his framework may help understand contention in the digital age in general. …
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Title
Jun Liu, Shifting Dynamics of Contention in the Digital Age: Mobile Communication and Politics in China
(New York: Oxford University Press, 2020), 232p. $99.95 hardback; $29.95 paperback
Author
Rongbin Han
Publication date
17-02-2021
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Published in
Journal of Chinese Political Science / Issue 3/2021
Print ISSN: 1080-6954
Electronic ISSN: 1874-6357
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11366-021-09729-4

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