Socio-technical Systems, Public Space and Urban Fragmentation: The Case of ’Cybercafés’ in China

Puel, Gilles and Fernandez, Valérie (2012) Socio-technical Systems, Public Space and Urban Fragmentation: The Case of ’Cybercafés’ in China. Urban Studies, 49 (6). pp. 1297-1313.

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Abstract

The geography of Internet access places is constructed by the interaction of the stakeholders, not only by the negotiation of local regulatory policies but also by the uses of these technologies. It differentiates urban space, contributes to urban fragmentation and the fragmentation into archipelagos of social groups, in a relationship which is not one-to-one. The new socio-technical practices of the city in interaction with infrastructures linked to mobility and accessibility produce urban forms which intensify social fragmentation. This work is based on field surveys conducted in China combining face-to-face questionnaires and in-depth interviews with operators (of cybercafe´s, local managers, etc.) and their users.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2012
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: China, Cybercafés
JEL codes: A1 - General Economics
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: Laboratoire d'études et de recherches sur l'économie, les politiques et les systèmes sociaux - LEREPS
Site: IEP
Date Deposited: 24 May 2013 13:55
Last Modified: 26 May 2016 16:20
URI: http://publications.sciencespo-toulouse.fr/id/eprint/13069

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