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[ecrea] IJoC Publishes a Special Section on (Un)civil Society in Digital China

Thu May 10 13:58:58 GMT 2018

Is China becoming an uncivil society? How have state policies and online
incivility contributed to new forms of intra-societal conflict? How can
civility (or incivility) be reconceptualized to facilitate comparative
analysis across countries, regime types, and cultures?
The International Journal of Communication is delighted to announce the
publication of a new Special Section on “(Un)civil Society in Digital
China: Incivility, Fragmentation, and Political Stability” on May 8, 2018
which includes five articles from international scholars. Co-edited by Min Jiang and Ashley Esarey, this Special Section on (Un)civil
Society in Digital China explores how the Chinese Internet is utilized by an
authoritarian state to concentrate and solidify its power in the name of
civility, rationality and order and considers how expressions of incivility
online delegitimize regime critics and create ultra-nationalist identities. Moving beyond definitions of civility (or incivility) based on democratic
norms of deliberation and reciprocity, this Special Section’s theoretical
introduction argues that civility should be distinguished from politeness
and founded in respect for others’ communicative rights, including the
right to self-expression in pursuit of social justice. These conceptual
modifications can help to facilitate contextualized and comparative studies
of civility and incivility across regions and polities.
To access these papers, please go to  We look forward to your
Uncivil Society in Digital China: Incivility, Fragmentation, and Political
Min Jiang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Ashley Esarey, University of Alberta Demobilizing the Emotions of Online Activism in China: A Civilizing Process Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania Withering Gongzhi: Cyber Criticism of Chinese Public Intellectuals Rongbin Han, University of Georgia
 Slogans and Slurs, Misogyny and Nationalism: A Case Study of Anti-Japanese
Sentiment by Chinese Netizens in Contentious Social Media Comments Jason Q. Ng, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto Eileen Le Han, Michigan State University Wenming Bu Wenming: The Socialization of Incivility in Postdigital China Gabriele de Seta, Academia Sinica Institute of Ethnology, Taiwan

     Larry Gross
Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Min Jiang, Ashley Esarey
Guest Editors
International Journal of Communication (IJoC)
USC Annenberg Press
University of Southern California

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