Towards a new 'electrical world': is there a Chinese Techhnological Sublime?

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The chapter triangulates multiple sources (textual analysis, survey and ethnography) to advance an hypotesis on a fundamental difference between the cultural meaning of technology in China compared with the Anglo-Saxon and European cultures: while the latter's technological imaginary are dominated, for historical reasons that are outlined, by the idea of technology as a means for individual transcendence, Chinese culture apepars to have produced throughout its history a peculiar frame of technology as a means for collective, national rebirth. This has implications at all levels: from individual patterns of adoption and domestication to national policies, to the Chinese hacking scene.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew connectivities in China: Virtual, actual, and local interactions
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • China
  • Internet
  • Technological Imaginaries


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