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Children’s Healthcare and Parental Media Engagement in Urban China

A Culture of Anxiety?

Authors: Gong, Qian

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  • First book to engage with the concept of risk and to address parental anxiety in China 
  • Interdisciplinary study of varying fields, including: sociology, media and communication, cultural studies, health science, and Chinese studies 
  • Extensive empirical work covering a five-year period 
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About this book

This book analyses parental anxieties about their children’s healthcare issues in urban China, engaging with wider theoretical debates about modernity, risk and anxiety. It examines the broader social, cultural and historical contexts of parental anxiety by analysing a series of socio-economic changes and population policy changes in post-reform China that contextualise parental experiences. Drawing on Wilkinson’s (2001) conceptualisation linking individual’s risk consciousness to anxiety, this book analyses the situated risk experiences of parents’ and grandparents’, looking particularly into their engagement with various types of media. It studies the representations of health issues and health-related risks in a parenting magazine, popular newspapers, commercial advertising and new media, as well as parents’ and grandparents’ engagement with and response to these media representations. By investigating ‘a culture of anxiety’ among parents and grandparents in contemporary China, this book seeks to add to the scholarship of contemporary parenthood in a non- Western context. 

About the authors

Qian (Sarah) Gong is a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, UK. Her recent research interests include health communication, risk, parenting and motherhood. She is currently the Principal investigator of a Wellcome Trust funded project Health communication for Chinese migrant mothers in Northern England.


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“The ‘culture of anxiety’ that pervades contemporary societies to the detriment of everyday life and experience is nowhere more marked than among parents. This book makes an important and innovative contribution to the investigation of this matter, as it has developed in China. Taking health care and young children as its focus, it provides thought provoking discussion about the interplay between media (including new media) and the workings of risk consciousness, in an economy characterised by rapid change. The empirical work discussed in the book that explores the experience of parents and grandparents is of particular interest methodologically.” (Dr Ellie Lee, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 53,54 €
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Hardcover 96,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-49876-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 69,54 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-69828-8
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Children’s Healthcare and Parental Media Engagement in Urban China
Book Subtitle
A Culture of Anxiety?
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49877-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-49877-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49876-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-69828-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 214
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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