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Collective Representation and Spatial Segregation in Chinese Network Society

Sun, August 12, 2:30 to 4:10pm, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Level 100, 105AB

Abstract

“Representation” and “space” constitute a pair of closely related categories. In their research on social division of labour, group integration and spatial relations, classical sociologists like Émile Durkheim have paid great attention to and profoundly expounded on collective representation. Contemporary sociologists, for instance Henri Lefebvre, have conducted further analysis by connecting collective representation with spatial compression, spatial rights, spatial conflict and network spatial problems. Despite the rapid rise of network society and the expansion of urban society, Chinese netizens are deeply rooted in the traditional segregation of network communities and have formed spatial segregation via collective representation. Drawing upon thoughts and opinions of classical and contemporary sociology on collective representation and spatial vicissitudes, this essay investigates and summarises the collective representation and spatial relationship of Chinese network society.

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