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Wild Public Networks and Affective Movements in China: Environmental Activism, Social Media, and Protest in Maoming

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In the following essay, I offer and explain the concept of wild public networks as a tool for social movement scholars interested in taking a network approach to contemporary protests via poststructuralism. wild public networks offer scholars a means of approaching social movements that moves past binaries to productively incorporate affect. In so doing, the concept of wild public networks advances an ontological shift for social movement scholars that also alters what we examine and how. Wild public networks consider how the movement of the social can be witnessed in changes to relationships between actants and the configurations of networks. To explicate this new concept, I turn to contemporary environmental protests in Maoming, China.
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Keywords: Affect; China; Rationality; Social Movements; Wild Public Networks

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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