Environmental Activism, Social Networks and the Internet

J. Sullivan, Xie Lei

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Social networks and the internet both have a substantial individual effect on environmental activism in China. In this article, we speculate that social linking patterns between environmental actors, which often facilitate activism on the ground, may also exist in cyberspace in the form of an online network. The article addresses the following empirical questions. Does such an online network exist? If so, who are the constituent actors? Are these the same actors observed on the ground? In addressing these questions the article aims to contribute to the growing debate on the implications of the internet for the potential emergence of social movements in China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-432
JournalThe China Quarterly
Issue number198
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • china


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