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Chinese collective memory on the Internet: Remembering the Great Famine in online encyclopaedias
Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9897-9891
2019 (English)In: Memory Studies, ISSN 1750-6980, E-ISSN 1750-6999, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 184-197Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent research on how the Great Chinese Famine was debated on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, in 2012 suggests that information and communication technologies can challenge official versions of the past and increase pluralism in collective memory narratives in authoritarian states. This article suggests that analysing change in the treatment of the famine in Chinese online encyclopaedias during and following the debate helps us further explore the debate’s impact. Moreover, it allows us to determine the extent to which Chinese online encyclopaedias function as the type of memory place that previous research on Wikipedia in other contexts might lead us to expect. The article concludes that the changes made to the narratives about the Great Famine in Chinese online encyclopaedias following the debate were rather limited and that the Chinese online encyclopaedias have not yet developed into participatory and pluralistic memory places that challenge official narratives.

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2019. Vol. 12, no 2, p. 184-197
Keywords [en]
China, collective memory, Great Chinese Famine, Internet, online encyclopaedias
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Political Science
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International Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-175159DOI: 10.1177/1750698017714836OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-175159DiVA, id: diva2:1360977
Available from: 2019-10-14 Created: 2019-10-14 Last updated: 2019-10-15

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