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The minzu net: China's fragmented national form (in Nations and Nationalism roundtable discussion on Chinese nationalism and national identity)

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posted on 23.11.2020, 19:35 by James LeiboldJames Leibold

Han majority nationalism poses a significant yet under-theorized challenge to state sovereignty and territorial integrity in China, especially in the era of the Internet. By shifting our focus from minority secessionist movements on the ground in Xinjiang and Tibet to a group of Han nationalists active in cyberspace, this article probes the friction between three distinct yet interrelated ideologies of spatiality in contemporary China: the processes and practices of state territorialization; counter-narratives and geographies of Han cybernationalism; and the transnational flows of the Sinophone Internet. It argues that the Internet empowers yet ultimately blunts the threat of Han nationalism, rendering it largely impotent when faced with the hegemony of state territorialization.


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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Carlson, A. R., Costa, A., Duara, P., Leibold, J., Carrico, K., Gries, P. H., Eto, N., Zhao, S., and Weiss, J. C. (2016) Nations and Nationalism roundtable discussion on Chinese nationalism and national identity. Nations and Nationalism, 22: 415– 446, which has been published in final form at: 10.1111/nana.12232. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. The Author reserves all moral rights over the deposited text and must be credited if any re-use occurs. Documents deposited in OPAL are the Open Access versions of outputs published elsewhere. Changes resulting from the publishing process may therefore not be reflected in this document. Please note that additional copyright and access restrictions may apply to the published version.

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