Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Journalism

Title

Understanding support for Internet censorship in China: An elaboration of the theory of reasoned action

Language

English

Abstract

This study investigates young people's support for Internet censorship in China within the broad conceptual approach of the theory of reasoned action (TRA). Two concepts, authoritarian personality and third-person perception, were scrutinized as part of our extension of the elaboration of the TRA model. We also closely examined dimensions pertinent to the unique social context of China such as party membership, Confucianism tradition, and one-child policy. A sample of 266 college students in a large metropolitan was surveyed and Structural Equation Modeling was employed in data analyses. Support for censorship based on TRA received general empirical evidence. So did the submissive dimension of authoritarian personality. Mixed findings were discussed and future research directions were suggested. © 2011 Journal of Chinese Political Science/Association of Chinese Political Studies.

Keywords

Censorship, China, Internet, Theory of Reasoned Action, Third-Person Perception

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

Journal of Chinese Political Science

Volume

17

Issue

1

Start Page

33

End Page

52

Publisher

Springer Verlag

DOI

10.1007/s11366-011-9177-8

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11366-011-9177-8

ISSN (print)

10806954

ISSN (electronic)

18746357

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