Mobile Media, Political Participation, and Civic Activism in Asia

Private Chat to Public Communication

  • Ran Wei

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Asian Mobile Communication Research in Global Perspective

  3. Mobile Communication and Civic Engagement

  4. Mobile Communication and Political Activism

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 233-236

About this book


This book explores how personalized content and the inherent networked nature of the mobile media could and do lead to positive externalities in social progress in Asian societies. Empirical studies that examine uses of the mobile phone and apps (voice mailing, SMS, mobile social media, mobile Weibo, mobile WeChat, etc.) are featured as a response to calls for theorization of the mobile media's efficacy as a tool for citizen engagement and participation in civic and political affairs, especially in the search for collective solutions to widespread social problems of food safety, pollution, government corruption, and public health risks. Considering the vast cultural diversity of Asian societies that are shaped by different levels of political, social, economic, and religious development, the book offers nuanced studies that provide in-depth analysis of the mobile media and political communication in a variety of communities of leading Asian countries. From the country-specific studies, broad themes and enduring concepts emerge.


Civic Engagement in Asia Mobile phone communication in Asia Networked Public in Asia Political Participation in Asia Smartphone and Political Engagement in Asia Social Media in Asia

Editors and affiliations

  • Ran Wei
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-024-0915-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-024-0917-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2468-2403
  • Series Online ISSN 2468-2411
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