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The cyberpolitics of the governed
Liu,Shih Diing
Source PublicationInter-Asia Cultural Studies
ISSN14649373 14698447

How do governed postcolonial subjects perform resistance in the age of the internet? What are their oppositional practices, networks and creativity? This paper offers an empirical analysis of the emerging network politics in Macau, the former colony of Portugal whose sovereignty was returned to China in 1999, by focusing on netizens' engagement with the postcolonial governance. This research considers "government" as consisting of not only power but freedom. It starts with an interest in the "failure" of the government-that is, how the new regime, which attempts to insert the postcolonial subject into a new power structure, actually fails to produce a completely uniform and obedient subjectivity. Instead, its rule is saturated with a multiplicity of "netwars" which take advantage of the opportunities and resources offered by the new media environment. The network struggle, which is not unified under any single authority, enables a segment of the governed population to do politics and constitute subjectivity otherwise. In particular, I illustrate how egao, which opens official icons of the administration to negotiation and contestation, allows the governed to make their own political statements. The postcolonial cyberpolitics is simultaneously agonistic and playful, expressing what Foucault calls the refusal "to be ruled in such manners", or the desire for alternative mode of governing.

KeywordEgao Government Macau Network Struggle Postcolonial Resistance
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WOS Research AreaAnthropology ; Cultural Studies ; Asian Studies
WOS SubjectAnthropology ; Cultural Studies ; Asian Studies
WOS IDWOS:000318735000004
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Corresponding AuthorLiu,Shih Diing
AffiliationFaculty of Social Sciences and HumanitiesUniversity of Macau,China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Social Sciences
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Social Sciences
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Liu,Shih Diing. The cyberpolitics of the governed[J]. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies,2013,14(2):252-271.
APA Liu,Shih Diing.(2013).The cyberpolitics of the governed.Inter-Asia Cultural Studies,14(2),252-271.
MLA Liu,Shih Diing."The cyberpolitics of the governed".Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 14.2(2013):252-271.
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