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Official/ unofficial: information management and social association

Offiziell/ inoffiziell: Informationsmanagement und soziale Organisationen
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Hearn, Kay

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Abstract This paper explores the debates around civil society and corporatism as ways of understanding changes in social association, including non-governmental organisations and protest groups, and information management in relation to the development of the Internet. Both concepts have been used to examine the changes that have taken place since the implementation of the Open Door Policy and more recently the development of the Internet, and have shed light on the way in which new forms of social association operate, and on their relationship to the government. However, both concepts tend to be deterministic and reductionist positions. Instead, I use a centre-margin analysis based on medium theory to explore the relationship between the state and society as a way of shedding light on the interaction between the government and NGOs and on how the state manages the flow of information in order to shape public discourse.
Keywords China; Internet; information management; social relations; social movement; non-governmental organization; interaction; government; the public; discourse; AIDS; party; democratization; media; reporting; communication; international relations; Tibet; Sudan; weapon; commerce; Asia; Africa
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Interactive, electronic Media; General History
Method historical; theory application
Free Keywords Social sciences; political sciences; civil society; corporatism; government; nongovernmental organisations; contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 211-241
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 39 (2010) 3
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works