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Social media censorship and the public sphere : testing Habermas' ideas on the public sphere on social media in China

Power, Jenny LU (2016) MRSK30 20161
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to apply the main conditions of Jürgen Habermas’ public sphere, the disregard of status, common concern and inclusivity, on the censorship of expression that is visible on social media in China. The censorship that prevails on Chinese social media is understood through both conducting interviews with Chinese citizens living in Sweden and using secondary data from a Harvard study based on researching censorship on social media in China. On these results, the theoretical perspective is then applied to see how the censorship on Chinese social media can be analysed through the key elements of the public sphere. The paper uses both empirical and theoretical methods. The empirical methods include the interviews and... (More)
The purpose of this paper is to apply the main conditions of Jürgen Habermas’ public sphere, the disregard of status, common concern and inclusivity, on the censorship of expression that is visible on social media in China. The censorship that prevails on Chinese social media is understood through both conducting interviews with Chinese citizens living in Sweden and using secondary data from a Harvard study based on researching censorship on social media in China. On these results, the theoretical perspective is then applied to see how the censorship on Chinese social media can be analysed through the key elements of the public sphere. The paper uses both empirical and theoretical methods. The empirical methods include the interviews and the secondary data analysis and the theoretical method includes the testing of Habermas’ theory on the results of the primary material. From applying the conditions of the theoretical framework in the analysis, conclusions can be drawn that the censorship of expression that exists on social media in China shows major setbacks in regard to the key elements of a public sphere. (Less)
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Power, Jenny LU
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MRSK30 20161
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8888751
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this paper is to apply the main conditions of Jürgen Habermas’ public sphere, the disregard of status, common concern and inclusivity, on the censorship of expression that is visible on social media in China. The censorship that prevails on Chinese social media is understood through both conducting interviews with Chinese citizens living in Sweden and using secondary data from a Harvard study based on researching censorship on social media in China. On these results, the theoretical perspective is then applied to see how the censorship on Chinese social media can be analysed through the key elements of the public sphere. The paper uses both empirical and theoretical methods. The empirical methods include the interviews and the secondary data analysis and the theoretical method includes the testing of Habermas’ theory on the results of the primary material. From applying the conditions of the theoretical framework in the analysis, conclusions can be drawn that the censorship of expression that exists on social media in China shows major setbacks in regard to the key elements of a public sphere.},
  author       = {Power, Jenny},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Social media censorship and the public sphere : testing Habermas' ideas on the public sphere on social media in China},
  year         = {2016},
}