Through the Looking Glass: Twenty Years of Chinese Internet Research

David Kurt Herold*, Gabriele de Seta

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article is a report on a research project that collected detailed information on articles, book chapters, books, and so on, published by academics on the Chinese Internet between 1990 and early 2013. The findings of the meta-review of 20 years of Chinese Internet research, as gleaned from quantitative and qualitative analysis of the collected body of publications, are presented and discussed in this report. It engages with the conclusions drawn by previous meta-studies, and seeks to shed a critical, self-reflexive light onto the main discursive formations of their research field. The article concludes that there is still a lot of scope for growth in studies of the Internet in China and lists several of the identified research gaps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-82
Number of pages15
JournalInformation Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese Internet
  • Internet studies
  • academic research
  • meta-review


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