The Politics of Electronic Social Capital and Public Sphere in Chinese Lala Community: Implications for Civil Society

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Abstract

This article explores the politics of cyber-networks and cyber social bonds in the Chinese lesbian community. It further discusses the implications of these networks and the online mediation of social bonds for Chinese civil society. Underlying this article are two analytical concepts - the public sphere and electronic social capital. Both concepts define the realm wherein social and political initiatives and movements from below may grow. It is argued in this article that, as the Lala community continues to develop, more and more homosexuals and same-sex couples are being awakened to promote and assert their civic rights in a country which has for decades virtually denied them the full protection and assurance of fundamental human rights. This paper maintains that the Internet has helped liberate the Chinese lesbian community in the sense that the cyberspace as a gendered platform has facilitated the emergence, formation, and development of electronic social capital and the public sphere, albeit it is still in the incipient stage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChina: Developmental Model, State-Civil Societal Interplay and Foreign Relations
EditorsEmile Kok-Kheng Yeoh
Place of PublicationKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PublisherUniversity of Malaya Press
Pages407-426
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Journal of China Studies
PublisherInstitute of China Studies, University of Malaya
ISSN (Print)2180-3250

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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