Understanding Support for Internet Censorship in China: An Elaboration of the Theory of Reasoned Action

Steve Z S GUO*, Guangchao Feng

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-52
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Chinese Political Science
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

User-Defined Keywords

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

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