Journal article

Angry youth or realistic idealist? The formation of subjectivity in online political participation of young adults in urban China

Jun Fu

Journal of Sociology | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020


This article examines the formation of Chinese young people’s political subjectivity through exploring their everyday online political participation. Drawing on qualitative data collected from 31 Chinese young people, it identifies three dispositions apparent in their online participatory activities in different circumstances: ‘angry youth’, ‘powerless cynics’, and ‘realistic idealists’. Reflecting their accounts of these participatory activities, these dispositions as manifestations of subjectivities are shaped by the contingent participatory circumstances of the young people and are connected to their previous history of participation. Their online political participation serves as a vehic..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Melbourne Research Scholarships provided by the University of Melbourne.