Research Talk – Online Collective Protest Behavior in China: Why, How, and what Effect?

The talk mainly focuses on the online collective protest behavior in China over the past decade. When it comes to protest in China, many scholars think this is very sensitive topic, which can easily pricks the political nerve of leaders. Actually, more and more Chinese scholars are beginning to study the protest of China, especially online collective protest behavior. And different levels of governments in China would like to offer money support for these researches over online collective protest behavior. Of course, some prudent officials without open minds still refuse to accept the interview invitation of research. Online collective protest behavior is becoming the one of the most important social issues, which is forcing local governments of China to adopt all kinds of ways to cope with the challenge of online protest.

The research aims to disclose real generation logistic of the online collective protest behavior through the quality method, and build the theoretical framework to explain online collective behavior in China. The general question is divided into three sub questions for finding deep logics, as follows: why, how, and what effect. Finally, speaker thinks growing protesters are beginning to choose the Internet to express their interest desires because constitutional mechanism of interest expressing always does not work efficiently, so that Internet has been regarded as the only one approach to express interest for many protestors. Though some of online protests with great effect, can been answered by the related department of government in a short time because drawing close attention from top leaders, but most difficultly escape the fate to sink in information sea of Internet. Importantly, in case of being ignored, protesters have been trying their best to attract cyber citizens’ gathering through extreme ways(even at the cost of making rumors), and their final goal is to force the top leaders to come out from behind and settle their problems directly. Speaker further thinks that though online collective protest behavior can bring the positive impact to politics, society, individual, and others during a short term, the positive impact will be replaced with negative effects gradually in a long run.

About the Speaker:

XiangyuChen Xiangyu is associate professor of Department of Advertising &Communication, Nanjing Forestry University of China, and doing research as a visiting scholar since last November at the Department of Communications &New Media, National University of Singapore. He obtained his Ph.D. in sociology and communication from Nanjing University of China in 2012. Dr Chen had three years of working experience for communist local newspaper before being a university teacher. His research covers collective action, political communication, new media and society, and Chinese behavior pattern, and the list. Recent years, he has been working on the research projects over the online protest in China, which are supported by National Social Science Fund of China and Humanity Social Science Fund of Chinese Education Ministry.


Date: 13 Nov  2015

Time: 1.00 PM

Venue: AS6, #03-33, CNM Meeting Room

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