Internet use of migrant workers in the Pearl River Delta

Yinni PENG*

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Abstract

The chapter is a report on the study of Internet use and migrant workers in the Pearl River Delta (PRD). First, this chapter illustrates that educational attainment is a significant factor in determining the type of Internet use that appeals to migrant workers. Second, it points out that both work-oriented and entertainment-oriented uses of the Internet have a positive influence on migrant workers' jobs and social lives in the PRD. Access to work-related information improves their employment opportunities, while the various means of entertainment provide relaxation. The online chat and the virtual community provide migrant workers with emotional support and a strong sense of their local identity. The Internet café and online games allow migrant workers to relieve the pressures of work and passively challenge the power hierarchy in the modern factory regime. This chapter concludes that the Internet use has become the integral part of the city lives of migrant workers in the PRD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Connectivities in China
Subtitle of host publicationVirtual, Actual and Local Interactions
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages95-104
Number of pages10
Volume9789400739109
ISBN (Electronic)9789400739109
ISBN (Print)9400739095, 9789400739093
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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