Social Media and Collective Remembrance: The debate over China’s Great Famine on weibo

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Social Media and Collective Remembrance: The debate over China’s Great Famine on weibo. / Zhao, Hui; Liu, Jun.

I: China Perspectives, Nr. 1, 2015, s. 41-48.

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T1 - Social Media and Collective Remembrance: The debate over China’s Great Famine on weibo

AU - Zhao, Hui

AU - Liu, Jun

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - This paper provides one of the first studies on the role of social media in articulating individuals’ experiences and memories and (re-)shaping collective memory in contemporary China. It investigates how social media enable and facilitate the participation of ordinary citizens in distributing and accumulating alternative narratives and memories of the past against the authoritarian version by taking the debate over China’s Great Famine – a topic long considered a political taboo – on Sina Weibo, one of the country’s most popular social media sites, as the case study. This study demonstrates that weibo provides people with an alternative communicative sphere for sharing previously suppressed, marginalised, “unofficial” memories as civil disobedience and accumulating them into an alternative collective memory that is relevant to the changing socio-political context of China.

AB - This paper provides one of the first studies on the role of social media in articulating individuals’ experiences and memories and (re-)shaping collective memory in contemporary China. It investigates how social media enable and facilitate the participation of ordinary citizens in distributing and accumulating alternative narratives and memories of the past against the authoritarian version by taking the debate over China’s Great Famine – a topic long considered a political taboo – on Sina Weibo, one of the country’s most popular social media sites, as the case study. This study demonstrates that weibo provides people with an alternative communicative sphere for sharing previously suppressed, marginalised, “unofficial” memories as civil disobedience and accumulating them into an alternative collective memory that is relevant to the changing socio-political context of China.

KW - weibo

KW - China

KW - alternative narrative

KW - collective memory

KW - social media

KW - the Great Famine

M3 - Article

SP - 41

EP - 48

JO - China Perspectives

JF - China Perspectives

SN - 2070-3449

IS - 1

ER -