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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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Young and Old

Young and Old

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Working-Class Network Society

Jack Linchuan Qiu

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This chapter explores the two lower-mobility social groups: youngsters and senior citizens, particularly those in have-less families, who have also begun to turn to Internet and wireless service. It investigates the demographic change regarding these two groups of have-less people, and how they are connected to working-class information and communication technologies (ICTs) in general terms. The chapter shows that the have-less young people and their families have been affected by education reform. To have-less seniors in China today, rapid commercialization of health care and the collapse of traditional social security system have produced a unique set of imperatives for them to seek medical information themselves. The chapter also suggests that the advertising and marketing campaigns are a major factor behind the contemporary Chinese youth culture sustained online and through mobile phones.

Keywords:   have-less young people, have-less seniors, Internet, wireless service, working-class ICTs, education reform, China, advertising, marketing campaigns

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