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Proceedings 2017, 1(3), 264; doi:10.3390/IS4SI-2017-03939

Digital Community Public Sphere: New Path of Rural Integration–Based on the Field Survey in the Countryside of China

Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210024, Jiangsu, China
Presented at the IS4SI 2017 Summit DIGITALISATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY, Gothenburg, Sweden, 12–16 June 2017.
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Published: 8 June 2017
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Based on the mini-public theory, this paper examines the mobile Internet public platform in the countryside of western China, and sees it as the public sphere of digital community. The research considers that the public sphere of this kind of digital community transforms the “Half acquaintance society” into “acquaintances society” and constructs the rural endogenous order. Its essence is the new media empower the village elite outside the system to form a social-media-based alliance, and with the village idle staff, left-behind women and other people to form the media self-organizing, become a new village endogenous power. The elite alliance of outside institutions, through express in the public sphere, media mobilization, public action, and so on, connected the scattered in different space of “atomic” villagers, promote the development of rural society. With the change of the village power structure, the elite alliance of the outside system and the village of the state agent have formed a competitive relationship, temporarily formed a relatively balanced cooperative governance model. The public sphere of the digital community makes villages from the nominal villager autonomy to the autonomy mode of “self-management, self-education and self-service” through the public participation of the villagers.
Keywords: mini-public; digital community public sphere: community integration mini-public; digital community public sphere: community integration
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Niu, Y.; Zhou, H. Digital Community Public Sphere: New Path of Rural Integration–Based on the Field Survey in the Countryside of China. Proceedings 2017, 1, 264.

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