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China in Transformation

The Politics of Chinese Media

Consensus and Contestation

Authors: Meng, Bingchun

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  • Analyses the consensus and contestations of the politics of Chinese media
  • Considers how the Chinese state manages political communication internally and externally in the post-socialist era.
  • Examines the politics of entertainment media and the power of digital networks
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About this book

This book offers an analytical account of the consensus and contestations of the politics of Chinese media at both institutional and discursive levels. It considers the formal politics of how the Chinese state manages political communication internally and externally in the post-socialist era, and examines the politics of news media, focusing particularly on how journalists navigate the competing demands of the state, the capital and the urban middle class readership. The book also addresses the politics of entertainment media, in terms of how power operates upon and within media culture, and the politics of digital networks, highlighting how the Internet has become the battlefield of ideological contestation while also shaping how political negotiations are conducted. Bearing in mind the contemporary relevance of China’s socialist revolution, this text challenges both the liberal universalist view that presupposes ‘the end of history’ and various versions of China exceptionalism, which downplay the impact of China’s integration into global capitalism.  


About the authors

Bingchun Meng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

Reviews

“In The Politics of Chinese Media: Consensus and Contestation, Bingchun Meng explores how the media industry in China has shaped and been shaped by different agents, showing how consensus and contestation have emerged in different locations. In offering a subtle account that aims to unsettle the oversimplified academic discourse that applies Western theory to Chinese contexts, this book lays a solid foundation for future research on Chinese media” (Meng Hin Ng, LSE Review of Books, blogs.lse.ac.uk, February, 2019)
“This is a sophisticated and wide ranging study.  It sheds new light on a host of issues, from the varied ways that the internet is transforming the way news and entertainment are disseminated and consumed in China to the dynamics and limitations of the drives to increase "soft power" that the Chinese government has launched.  Particularly welcome is Bingchun Meng's insistence that, as much as the PRC has changed and as often as official texts and some foreign commentaries alike downplay the importance of the socialist era, many different kinds memories of and stories about the period before the Reform era need to be taken seriously.  A work steeped in cultural theory and cultural studies, the author makes a convincing case for keeping historical issues front and center while grappling with China's contradiction-filled present.” (Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor in History, University of California, USA and author of China in the 21st Century)

“With vivid examples and timely case studies, Bingchun Meng offers a historically informed, engaging, and insightful mapping of the rapidly changing, increasingly multifaceted, and ever-contentious landscape of communication and contemporary Chinese politics. Her sophisticated understanding of politics, ideology and mediated power relations allows her to move adeptly between institutional analysis and discursive critique, while addressing the expansive terrain of journalism, entertainment, and social media in a coherent analytical framework. The book makes a fascinating reading.” (Yuezhi Zhao, Professor of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada and author of Communication in China)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Understanding the Politics of Chinese Media

    Pages 1-23

    Meng, Bingchun

  • The Chinese State: Moving Left? Moving Right? or Depoliticized?

    Pages 25-55

    Meng, Bingchun

  • Looking beyond the Liberal Lens: News Media as Contested Discursive Space

    Pages 57-90

    Meng, Bingchun

  • The Cultural Politics of the Entertainment Media

    Pages 91-125

    Meng, Bingchun

  • From Angry Youth to Anxious Parents: The Mediated Politics of Everyday Life

    Pages 127-178

    Meng, Bingchun

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eBook 89,99 €
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover 119,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-46213-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Chinese Media
Book Subtitle
Consensus and Contestation
Authors
Series Title
China in Transformation
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46214-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-46214-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46213-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 225
Number of Illustrations
9 illustrations in colour
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