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dc.contributor.authorKing, Gary
dc.contributor.authorPan, Jennifer Jie
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Margaret Earling
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-10T18:32:12Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationKing, Gary, Jennifer Pan, and Margaret E. Roberts. 2013. How censorship in China allows government criticism but silences collective expression. American Political Science Review 107(02): 326–343.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0003-0554en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:11878767
dc.description.abstractWe offer the first large scale, multiple source analysis of the outcome of what may be the most extensive effort to selectively censor human expression ever implemented. To do this, we have devised a system to locate, download, and analyze the content of millions of social media posts originating from nearly 1,400 different social media services all over China before the Chinese government is able to find, evaluate, and censor (i.e., remove from the Internet) the large subset they deem objectionable. Using modern computer-assisted text analytic methods that we adapt to and validate in the Chinese language, we compare the substantive content of posts censored to those not censored over time in each of 85 topic areas. Contrary to previous understandings, posts with negative, even vitriolic, criticism of the state, its leaders, and its policies are not more likely to be censored. Instead, we show that the censorship program is aimed at curtailing collective action by silencing comments that represent, reinforce, or spur social mobilization, regardless of content. Censorship is oriented toward attempting to forestall collective activities that are occurring now or may occur in the future --- and, as such, seem to clearly expose government intent.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipGovernmenten_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Press (CUP)en_US
dc.relation.isversionofdoi:10.1017/s0003055413000014en_US
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://j.mp/1vWyjLB
dash.licenseOAP
dc.titleHow Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism but Silences Collective Expressionen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.date.updated2012-11-15T16:56:23Z
dc.description.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
dc.relation.journalAmerican Political Science Reviewen_US
dash.depositing.authorKing, Gary
dc.date.available2014-03-10T18:32:12Z
dc.data.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN1/22691
dc.data.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN1/22691en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/s0003055413000014*
dash.identifier.orcid0000-0002-5327-7631*
dash.contributor.affiliatedPan, Jennifer
dash.contributor.affiliatedRoberts, Margaret Earling
dash.contributor.affiliatedKing, Gary
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0002-5327-7631


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