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.
|Title of host publication||New connectivities in China: Virtual, actual, and local interactions|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
- Technological Imaginaries