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Beyond the Left-Right Spectrum: A Typological Analysis of Ideologues in China's Weibo Space

Huang, Ronggui; Gui, Yong; Sun, Xiaoyi

Journal of contemporary China: Tang tai Chung-kuo. Volume 28:Number 119 (2019, September 3rd); pp 831-847 -- Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

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  • Title:
    Beyond the Left-Right Spectrum: A Typological Analysis of Ideologues in China's Weibo Space
  • Author: Huang, Ronggui;
    Gui, Yong;
    Sun, Xiaoyi
  • Found In: Journal of contemporary China: Tang tai Chung-kuo. Volume 28:Number 119 (2019, September 3rd); pp 831-847
  • Journal Title: Journal of contemporary China: Tang tai Chung-kuo
  • Subjects: Chine--Politique et gouvernement--1976---Périodiques; Chine--Périodiques; China--Periodicals; China--Politics and government--1976---Periodicals; Dewey: 306.0951
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
  • Abstract: ABSTRACT:

    This study aims to investigate Weibo users' political ideologies in China. It argues that a left-right spectrum cannot adequately depict the ideological landscape, and proposes a typological framework to guide the analysis of competing ideologies. Based on a sample of 3440 Weibo users, this article uses latent class model to identify sub-types of ideologues. It discerns five ideological groups, namely Maoists, regime defenders, full-fledged liberals, economic liberals, and political liberals, as well as one politically silent group. The results show that liberal leaning Weibo users are not a homogeneous group, and should not be holistically conceived as regime challengers in opposition to regime defenders. To a certain degree, economic liberals are more similar to regime defenders than Maoists, and this can be better understood from a typological perspective than a spectrum perspective. This article concludes with a discussion on the political implications of the findings.


  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100088776485.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1067-0564; 10.1080/10670564.2019.1580423
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): 4965.227200
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100088776485.0x000001

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