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People’s Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet by Katrien Jacobs, and: Threat Talk: The Comparative Politics of Internet Addiction by Mary Manjikian (review)

People’s Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet by Katrien Jacobs, and: Threat... China Review International: Vol. 19, No. 1, 2012 Katrien Jacobs. People's Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2012. 203 pp. Paperback $25.00, isbn 978-1-84150-493-3. Mary Manjikian. Threat Talk: The Comparative Politics of Internet Addiction. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. x, 187 pp. Hardcover $99.95, isbn 978-1-4094-3394-1. At first, these two relatively short books appear to have little in common: People's Pornography is a work of cultural studies that documents the ephemeral world of sex scandals, pornographic blogging, and alternative lifestyles on the Chinese Internet. In contrast, Threat Talk is a relatively staid work of comparative politics written by a professor of government. In fact, these two books have several things in common: both authors write about China, but neither is a China specialist; both self-consciously undertake interdisciplinary work and refuse to restrict themselves to narrow genre norms; and both are concerned with the way preexisting Chinese culture influences the reception and use of the Internet in the People's Republic of China (PRC). In addition, both works suffer from flaws that threaten to detract from their value, particularly for China specialists. Overall though, both books are welcome additions to the literature for the originality http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

People’s Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet by Katrien Jacobs, and: Threat Talk: The Comparative Politics of Internet Addiction by Mary Manjikian (review)

China Review International , Volume 19 (1) – Feb 19, 2012

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China Review International: Vol. 19, No. 1, 2012 Katrien Jacobs. People's Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2012. 203 pp. Paperback $25.00, isbn 978-1-84150-493-3. Mary Manjikian. Threat Talk: The Comparative Politics of Internet Addiction. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. x, 187 pp. Hardcover $99.95, isbn 978-1-4094-3394-1. At first, these two relatively short books appear to have little in common: People's Pornography is a work of cultural studies that documents the ephemeral world of sex scandals, pornographic blogging, and alternative lifestyles on the Chinese Internet. In contrast, Threat Talk is a relatively staid work of comparative politics written by a professor of government. In fact, these two books have several things in common: both authors write about China, but neither is a China specialist; both self-consciously undertake interdisciplinary work and refuse to restrict themselves to narrow genre norms; and both are concerned with the way preexisting Chinese culture influences the reception and use of the Internet in the People's Republic of China (PRC). In addition, both works suffer from flaws that threaten to detract from their value, particularly for China specialists. Overall though, both books are welcome additions to the literature for the originality

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Published: Feb 19, 2012

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