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Working-Class Network SocietyCommunication Technology and the Information Have-Less in Urban China$
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Jack Linchuan Qiu

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262170062

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262170062.001.0001

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Working-Class Network Society

Jack Linchuan Qiu

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This book offers a panoramic view of working-class information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the information have-less, and develops a systematic examination of the emergent working-class network society in urban China. Part I describes the diverse forms of working-class ICTs—their patterns of diffusion, transformation, and the broader implications—while Part II analyzes the different groups of the information have-less: their informational needs, the way they use and appropriate communication technologies, and the dilemmas they face. Part III evaluates how the have-less people and their technologies come together to produce concrete urban places and critical events that mark the beginning of a new class formation process in the enlarged network society. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is given.

Keywords:   ICTs, urban China, working class, patterns of diffusion, transformation, information have-less, network society

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