Rumors are a set of collective discussions used by cadres or the masses to attain specific goals. Both political elites and the general public reveal their dissatisfaction or concern with the Chinese Communist Party regime through the dissemination of politically charged rumors, fueled by the party-state system’s habit of withholding information and amplified by traditional Chinese superstition.
Social Constructionism and the Significance of Political Rumors in Contemporary China: Weapons of the Weak
Wen-Hsuan Tsai is an Associate Research Fellow in the Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (R.O.C.). His main research topics are the CCP’s political development, comparative politics and comparative authoritarian regimes. Email: <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Zheng-Wei Lin is an Associate Professor in the Department of International and Mainland China Affairs, National Quemoy University, Taiwan (R.O.C.). His main research topics are Chinese politics and international political economy. Email: <email@example.com>.
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Wen-Hsuan Tsai, Zheng-Wei Lin; Social Constructionism and the Significance of Political Rumors in Contemporary China: Weapons of the Weak. Asian Survey 1 October 2019; 59 (5): 870–888. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2019.59.5.870
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