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THE URBAN TECHNOSPACE : A Study on Internet Cafés in Shanghai

Räisänen, Petra (2006)
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to understand how the young Shanghainese use the Internet in the??, the Internet café; the demographic determinants that are associated with the use; and the motives and habitsrelated to using the Internet café as an access point to the Internet. The central questions were: "Within the Internet café environment, how do the café users use the Internet and what are the motivations behind the Internetuse?" and "How do the state, the culture and the society influence the Internet and the Internet café use, and what are the implications of that use on the state, the culture and the society?" The study was conducted using a multiple case study approach. The empirical data was collected with a survey questionnaire... (More)
The purpose of this study was to understand how the young Shanghainese use the Internet in the??, the Internet café; the demographic determinants that are associated with the use; and the motives and habitsrelated to using the Internet café as an access point to the Internet. The central questions were: "Within the Internet café environment, how do the café users use the Internet and what are the motivations behind the Internetuse?" and "How do the state, the culture and the society influence the Internet and the Internet café use, and what are the implications of that use on the state, the culture and the society?" The study was conducted using a multiple case study approach. The empirical data was collected with a survey questionnaire and participatory observation. The main results of this study indicate that the main motivation behind the Internet café use was entertainment and that the Internet use in the cafes was ritualistic, habitual and pleasure-seeking. For the urban youth culture, the Internet cafes provided a space where the youngsters could reinforce their identities as trendy, technology-savvy urbanites. The government and the public concerns were reflected in the phenomenon as the Internet cafes have been accused of eroding public morality. (Less)
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author
Räisänen, Petra
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Internet café, youth culture, urban China, technosocial space, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper
language
English
id
1327545
date added to LUP
2006-08-15
date last changed
2006-08-15
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this study was to understand how the young Shanghainese use the Internet in the??, the Internet café; the demographic determinants that are associated with the use; and the motives and habitsrelated to using the Internet café as an access point to the Internet. The central questions were: "Within the Internet café environment, how do the café users use the Internet and what are the motivations behind the Internetuse?" and "How do the state, the culture and the society influence the Internet and the Internet café use, and what are the implications of that use on the state, the culture and the society?" The study was conducted using a multiple case study approach. The empirical data was collected with a survey questionnaire and participatory observation. The main results of this study indicate that the main motivation behind the Internet café use was entertainment and that the Internet use in the cafes was ritualistic, habitual and pleasure-seeking. For the urban youth culture, the Internet cafes provided a space where the youngsters could reinforce their identities as trendy, technology-savvy urbanites. The government and the public concerns were reflected in the phenomenon as the Internet cafes have been accused of eroding public morality.},
  author       = {Räisänen, Petra},
  keyword      = {Internet café,youth culture,urban China,technosocial space,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {THE URBAN TECHNOSPACE : A Study on Internet Cafés in Shanghai},
  year         = {2006},
}