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Working-Class Network Society: Communication Technology and the Information Have-Less in Urban China

Jack Linchuan Qiu


The idea of the “digital divide,” the great social division between information haves and have-nots, has dominated policy debates and scholarly analysis since the 1990s. This book describes a more complex social and technological reality in a newly mobile, urbanizing China. It argues that as inexpensive Internet and mobile phone services become available and are closely integrated with the everyday work and life of low-income communities, they provide a critical seedbed for the emergence of a new working class of “network labor” crucial to China’s economic boom. Between the haves and have-nots ... More

Keywords: digital divide, social division, China, Internet, mobile phone services, low-income communities, working class, network labor, economic boom, migrants

Bibliographic Information

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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Jack Linchuan Qiu, author

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