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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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Internet Cafés

Internet Cafés

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(p.21) 2 Internet Cafés
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Working-Class Network Society
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Jack Linchuan Qiu

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262170062.003.0021

This chapter describes China’s cybercafé, or “Net bar (wangba),” business. It specifically provides an analytical overview of Internet cafés, their historical trajectory, internal differentiation, and implications for working-class network society. The chapter shows that the growth of the Internet café as a working-class information and communication technology (ICT) is more remarkable when compared with other modes of access. It also draws four basic types of collective Internet access venues in China: (1) promotional cafés, (2) elite cafés, (3) mass-service Net bars, and (4) illegal or semilegal black Net bars. The chapter reveals that the dispute with the online gaming industry illustrates the political awareness of working-class providers, and addresses how Internet cafés can be a better sphere of the commons.

Keywords:   cybercafé, China, Internet cafés, working-class network, ICT, promotional cafés, elite cafés, Net bars, black Net bars, online gaming industry

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