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Title: Internet vigilantism and Chinese nationalism
Authors: Herold, DK 
Issue Date: 2016
Source: In J Stone, DM Rutledge, AD Smith, PS Rizova & X Hou (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of race, ethnicity, and nationalism, p.1-3. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2016
Abstract: Internet vigilantism in China exhibits strong nationalistic characteristics, despite mainly being aimed at government officials. AdÔÇÉhoc online mobs are targeting corrupt or otherwise problematic officials as well as ordinary citizens the mob classifies as misbehaving, with the approval of government authorities. This serves to reinforce the official Communist Party line that government officials operate under the supervision of ordinary citizens, while it also encourages citizens to trust the central government. The Internet users in turn reward the cooperation of the authorities with an unwillingness to criticize the Chinese system of government as such, or the rule of the Communist Party, while also being fiercely nationalist and defensive whenever China is criticized by outsiders.
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405189789 (cloth)
9781405189781 (cloth)
1118663209 (electronic bk.)
9781118663202 (electronic bk.)
DOI: 10.1002/9781118663202.wberen427
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