Investigating regional prejudice in China through the lens of Weibo

Xi Wang, Zhiya Zuo, Yang Zhang, Kang Zhao, Yung Chun Chang, Chin Shun Chou

研究成果: 書貢獻/報告類型會議貢獻

3 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)


Regional prejudice is prevalent in Chinese cities where native residents and migrants from other parts of China lack mutual trust. Weibo users actively discuss and argue about the issue of migration, which provides a good source of data to examine the communication network regarding regional prejudice. We are interested in the posts and reposts related to the topic on migrants. In a Weibo repost, one can add new content in addition to the original post. Then both original and new content as a whole can be read by others. In particular, we focus on the reposts in response to native residents’ complaints about migrants. Based on the sentiment (negative or non-negative) and the direction (native resident→migrant or migrant→native resident), we classify the reposts into four categories. We find evidence of homophily in regional prejudice in the Weibo communication network: 72.7% of the time, native residents’ complaints trigger more complaints from other native residents. What interests us most are the socioeconomic factors that can reverse the sentiment or direction of the original posts. A multinomial regression model of the reposting patterns reveals that in a city with better housing security and a larger migrant population, migrant Weibo users are much more likely to argue with native residents who hold a negative view about migrants. One important implication from our findings is that a secure socioeconomic environment facilitates the communication between migrants and native residents and helps break the self-reinforcing loop of regional prejudice.
主出版物標題Social Informatics - 8th International Conference, SocInfo 2016, Proceedings
編輯Emma Spiro, Yong-Yeol Ahn
發行者Springer Verlag
10047 LNCS
出版狀態已發佈 - 2016
事件8th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2016 - Bellevue, 美国
持續時間: 11月 11 201611月 14 2016


名字Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
10047 LNCS


會議8th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 理論電腦科學
  • 電腦科學(全部)


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