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Working-class network society : communication technology and the information have-less in urban China

Author: Jack Linchuan Qiu
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2009.
Series: Information revolution & global politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The idea of the "digital divide," the great social division between information haves and have-nots, has dominated policy debates and scholarly analysis since the 1990s. In Working-Class Network Society, Jack Linchuan Qiu describes a more complex social and technological reality in a newly mobile, urbanizing China. Qiu argues that as inexpensive Internet and mobile phone services become available and are closely  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Linchuan Qiu
ISBN: 9780262170062 026217006X
OCLC Number: 244177154
Description: xvi, 303 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Internet café --
Going wireless --
Migrants --
Young and old --
Places and community --
Life and death --
Reflections.
Series Title: Information revolution & global politics.
Responsibility: Jack Linchuan Qiu.
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An examination of how the availability of low-end information and communication technology has provided a basis for the emergence of a working-class network society in China.  Read more...

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[A] fascinating picture of a hitherto almost unknown phenomenon.-Jens Damm, The China Journal

 
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