The Internet Society in China

A 2016 Report

  • Shaojie Liu
  • Jianmin Wang

Part of the Sociology, Media and Journalism in China book series (SMJC)

About this book


This book provides a cutting edge analysis of the rapid rise of China’s network society and reviews recent key developments within China’s internet economy, notably the concepts of “Lucky Money” and E-Business on Wechat, and Crowd-Funding Platforms. It focuses on drawing out the sociological impact of these economic developments, examining among others the bearing of the decentralization of e-business in rural areas. It offers a vital sociological perspective on the development of China’s internet society and how it affects social and professional relations, examining the shift from the traditional Red Envelope Giving Culture to Digital Red Envelope, micro charity 2.0 as well as the Rise of Internet Crowd Funding in China. Combining an up to date analysis of the current state of play of China’s internet society with expertise in the rapidly changing landscape of China’s social media, this book provides key insights into how technology impacts on the communication and movement of population in China, in both social and economic spheres.


China’s Network Society Development within China’s Internet Economy E-Business on Wechat Decentralization of E-business in Rural China Rise of Internet Crowd Funding in China Changing Landscape of China’s Social Media Technology, Media and Communication in China Digital Red Envelope Micro Charity 2.0

Editors and affiliations

  • Shaojie Liu
    • 1
  • Jianmin Wang
    • 2
  1. 1.Renmin University of ChinaBeijingChina
  2. 2.Central University of Finance and EconomicsBeijingChina

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