New Connectivities in China

Virtual, Actual and Local Interactions

  • Pui-lam Law

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Internet Communication and the Issue of Civil Society

  3. Studies on Mobile Phone Uses in Beijing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Leopoldina Fortunati, Anna Maria Manganelli, Pui-lam Law, Shanhua Yang
      Pages 39-51
    3. Leopoldina Fortunati, Anna Maria Manganelli, Pui-lam Law, Shanhua Yang
      Pages 53-65
  4. The ICTs and Migrant Workers in Southern China

  5. New Network and New Identification

  6. New Connectivities and Chinese Social Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Wai-chi Rodney Chu, Yinni Peng
      Pages 201-213
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 229-234

About this book


The fast diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in China has brought forth new forms of connection among the Chinese and has changed their social lives. Virtual networks have been developed and in turn have led to the formation of networks in the actual world. This collection explores the resultant complications in the relationship between virtual, actual, and local interactions. It discusses various aspects of the implications of the new connectivities on these three types of interactions in China. The topics examined include: the possibility of the development of civil society in China, the implications for the migrant workers in the south, the challenge posed to the traditional social order, and the relationship between the new connectivities and the Chinese social context.


Adoption of the ICTs in China Affect of new connectivities on migrant workers Southern China Development of civil society in China Implications of the new connectivities in China Instant messaging system Internet users in China Mobile phone users in China Social lives of Chinese Social networking system Speed of communication technologies in China Speed of penetration of information in China Virtual networks

Editors and affiliations

  • Pui-lam Law
    • 1
  1. 1., Applied Social SciencesThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHunghomHong Kong SAR

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