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Understanding Support for Internet Censorship in China: An Elaboration of the Theory of Reasoned Action
Unformatted Document Text:  RUNNING HEAD: Understanding Support for Internet Censorship in China 1 Understanding Support for Internet Censorship in China: An Elaboration of the Theory of Reasoned Action Guangchao Feng, Hong Kong Baptist University Zhongshi Guo, Hong Kong Baptist University 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 added as part of our elaboration of the TRA model. We 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. Keywords: Internet; censorship; China; Theory of Reasoned Action

Authors: Feng, Guangchao.
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RUNNING HEAD: Understanding Support for Internet Censorship in China 
1
Understanding Support for Internet Censorship in China: An Elaboration of 
the Theory of Reasoned Action 
 
Guangchao Feng, Hong Kong Baptist University 
Zhongshi Guo, Hong Kong Baptist University 
 
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 added as part of 
our elaboration of the TRA model. We 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. 
Keywords: Internet; censorship; China; Theory of Reasoned Action 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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