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WeChat use of mainland Chinese dual migrants in daily border crossing
Ju,Bei1; Sandel,Todd L.2; Thinyane,Hannah1
2019-05-29
Source PublicationChinese Journal of Communication
ISSN1754-4750
Abstract

Drawing on data derived from WeChat and the life experiences of its users, this study explores the daily affordances of WeChat in the cross-border lives of dual migrants from the Chinese mainland. In this study, 24 low-skilled Chinese dual migrants from the mainland who were working as security guards and cleaners were recruited to participate in in-depth interviews and group discussions. The lives of these dual migrants are marked politically, socially, and economically by their vulnerable status and by the stresses and vicissitudes that characterize their daily commute between Zhuhai (their place of residence) and Macao (their place of work). Dual migrants from the Chinese mainland use electronic media for support, pleasure, and access to information. One of the main online platforms they utilize is WeChat, a social networking site that is available on mobile phones. By framing these dual migrants’ usage of WeChat within the affordances of social media, this social networking site functions as a digital mediated space that provides migrants with communal solidarity, social interaction, access to information, and, in some cases, economic benefits.

KeywordBorder Crossing Mainland Chinese Dual Migrants Vernacular Affordances Wechat
DOI10.1080/17544750.2019.1593207
URLView the original
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaCommunication
WOS SubjectCommunication
WOS IDWOS:000469713700001
PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2-4 PARK SQUARE, MILTON PARK, ABINGDON OX14 4RN, OXON, ENGLAND
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
Corresponding AuthorJu,Bei
Affiliation1.United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society,Macao
2.Department of CommunicationUniversity of Macau,Taipa,China
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Ju,Bei,Sandel,Todd L.,Thinyane,Hannah. WeChat use of mainland Chinese dual migrants in daily border crossing[J]. Chinese Journal of Communication,2019.
APA Ju,Bei,Sandel,Todd L.,&Thinyane,Hannah.(2019).WeChat use of mainland Chinese dual migrants in daily border crossing.Chinese Journal of Communication.
MLA Ju,Bei,et al."WeChat use of mainland Chinese dual migrants in daily border crossing".Chinese Journal of Communication (2019).
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