Project Title

The Global Chinese Middle Class and Virtual Transnationalism

Name of Award

Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant

Date Awarded

6-2014

Department/School

Sociology

Project Description

Hui Wilcox, Associate Professor of Sociology, received a $5,300 Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant to conduct research that explores the ways in which middle-class Chinese people, both in China and overseas, construct collective identities through the use of internet communication technology by focusing on a social media application named WeChat. Data will include qualitative interviews and online WeChat content. This work will illuminate the global dimensions of middle-class consciousness made possible by the internet, a topic that intrigues not only scholars but also multiple stakeholders in international political and economic affairs.

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