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Living with digital surveillance in China : citizens' narratives on technology, privacy, and governance

Living with digital surveillance in China : citizens' narratives on technology, privacy, and governance / Ariane Ollier-Malaterre.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2024.
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xv, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"Digital surveillance is a daily and all-encompassing reality of life in China. This book explores living with digital surveillance in China. It investigates research participants' imaginaries about surveillance and privacy from within the Chinese socio-political system. Based on in-depth qualitative research interviews, detailed diary notes, and extensive documentation, this book builds a picture of China's 'social governance' using digital surveillance. Ollier-Malaterre attempts to 'de-Westernize' the internet and surveillance literature. It shows how the participants weave a cohesive system of anguishing narratives on China's moral shortcomings and redeeming narratives on the government and technology as civilizing forces. While they cast digital surveillance as indispensable in China, those exposed to such surveillance bear a mental and emotional weight conveyed by their misgivings, objections, and mental tactics to dissociate themselves from it. The book is intended for academics and students in internet, surveillance, and Chinese studies, and those working on China in disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, social psychology, psychology, communication, computer sciences, contemporary history, and political sciences. The lay public interested in the implications of technology in daily life or in contemporary China will find it accessible as it synthesises the work of sinologists and offers many interview excerpts"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Ollier-Malaterre, Ariane. Living with digital surveillance in China Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2024
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May 31, 2024
Routledge studies in surveillance.
Includes bibliographical references (pages [287]-302) and index.
Privacy and surveillance
Surveillance in China : from dang'an and hukou to the social credit systems
Rules will raise people's 'moral quality'
National humiliations and the civilisation dream
Saving face : privacy as hiding shameful information
The government : protection and order
Technology as a magic bullet
Mental tactics to dissociate oneself from surveillance
Misgivings and objections

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