Shifting Dynamics of Contention in the Digital Age

Speaker
Jun Liu, Jinghan Zeng, Michael Biggs
Event date
Event time
16:00 - 17:00
Venue
Wolfson College - Zoom Webinar
Online
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

Over the past decades, waves of political contention involving the use of information and communication technologies have swept across the globe. The phenomenon stimulates the scholarship on digital communication technologies and contentious collective action to thrive as an exciting, relevant, but highly fragmentary and contested field with disciplinary boundaries.

To advance interdisciplinary understanding, Shifting Dynamics of Contention in the Digital Age outlines a communication-centred framework that articulates the intricate relationship between technology, communication, and contention. It systematically explores the influence of mobile technology on political contention in China, the country with the world's largest number of mobile and internet users.

Using first-hand, in-depth interview and fieldwork data, Shifting Dynamics of Contention in the Digital Age tracks the strategic choice of mobile phones as repertoires of contention, illustrates the effective mobilization of mobile communication on the basis of its strong and reciprocal social ties, and identifies the communicative practice of forwarding officially alleged 'rumors' as a form of everyday resistance.

Through this groundbreaking study, Shifting Dynamics of Contention in the Digital Age presents a nuanced portrayal of an emerging dynamics of contention – both its strengths and limitations – through the embedding of mobile communication into Chinese society and politics.