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Civil society and the Internet energize each other in their co-evolutionary development in China. The Internet facilitates civil society activities by offering new possibilities for citizen participation. Civil society facilitates the development of the Internet by providing the necessary social basis—citizens and citizen groups—for communication and interaction. These arguments are illustrated with an analysis of the discourse in Qiangguo Luntan [Strengthening the Nation Forum] and an ethnographic study of Huaxia Zhiqing [Chinese Educated Youth], .

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Yang, G. (2003). "The Co-evolution of the Internet and Civil Society in China." Asian Survey. 43(3): 405-422. doi: 10.1525/as.2003.43.3.405

Note: At the time of this publication. auther Guobin Yang was affiliated with the Department of Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is now a faculty member at Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Date Posted: 15 May 2017

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