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Title: Culture, boundary, and identity: a comparison of practices between two online punk communities in China
Authors: Xiao, Jian
Stanyer, James
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © The Centre for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Published by Taylor & Francis
Citation: XIAO, J. and STANYER, J., 2016. Culture, boundary, and identity: a comparison of practices between two online punk communities in China. Chinese Journal of Communication, 10 (3), pp. 246-263.
Abstract: This article analyzes how digital technology can shape cultural practice in Chinese online communities. By using the concepts of boundary and identity, it explores the formation of two online punk communities in China, created by those who are interested in punk music originating from Anglo-American countries. Drawing on data from participant observation and 10 in-depth interviews, this article first reviews literature on Internet culture in China, online communities, boundaries, and identity. It then focuses on the differing practices of the two online punk communities. A discussion is subsequently provided concerning how boundaries are constructed in online communities through the exclusion that is enabled by the technological platform. An analysis of how the members identify themselves with online communities and form punk subcultures encouraged by the boundaries of their respective communities is then presented towards the end of the article. It is through this process that the members empower themselves in their relationships with the surrounding society.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Chinese Journal of Communication on 28 August 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17544750.2016.1207695.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/17544750.2016.1207695
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23587
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17544750.2016.1207695
ISSN: 1754-4750
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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