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Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media

Edited by Gary D. Rawnsley, Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley

Routledge – 2015 – 368 pages

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The study of Chinese media is a field that is growing and evolving at an exponential rate. Not only are the Chinese media a fascinating subject for analysis in their own right, but they also offer scholars and students a window to observe multi-directional flows of information, culture and communications within the contexts of globalization and regionalization. Moreover, the study of Chinese media provides an invaluable opportunity to test and refine the variety of communications theories that researchers have used to describe, analyse, compare and contrast systems of communications.

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media is a prestigious reference work providing an overview of the study of Chinese media. Gary and Ming-Yeh Rawnsley bring together an interdisciplinary perspective with contributions by an international team of renowned scholars on subjects such as television, journalism and the internet and social media. Locating Chinese media within a regional setting by focusing on ‘Greater China’, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and overseas Chinese communities; the chapters highlight the convergence of media and platforms in the region; and emphasise the multi-directional and trans-national character of media/information flows in East Asia.

Contributing to the growing de-westernization of media and communications studies; this handbook is an essential and comprehensive reference work for students of all levels and scholars in the fields of Chinese Studies and Media Studies.


Introduction Part 1: The Development and the Study of Chinese Media 1. China, Soft Power and Imperialism 2. Chasing a Moving Target: Directions of Chinese Media Research Part 2: Politics, Press Freedom and Culture 3. Evaluating Chinese Media Policy: Objectives and Contradictions 4. Key Moments in the History of the Modern Chinese Press5. Setting Press Boundaries: The Case of the Nanfang Media Group 6. Chinese Investigative Journalism in the Twenty-First Century 7. Press Freedom in Hong Kong: Interactions between State, Media and Society8. Politics and Social Media in China9. The Formation of Working-Class Media Cultures in China: Workers and Peasants as Historical Subjects10. The Politics and Poetics of Television Documentary in China11. Contemporary Chinese Historical TV Drama as a Cultural Genre: Production, Consumption and the State Power Part 3: Public Sphere, the Internet and Social Activism 12. Against the Grain: The Battle for Public Service Broadcasting in Taiwan13. Public Service Television in the PRC14. An Emerging Middle Class Public Sphere in China? Analysis of News Media Representation of ‘Self Tax Declaration’15.‘Dear Premier, I Finally Escaped on YouTube’: A Cyberconflict Perspective on Chinese Dissidents16. Online Chinese Nationalism and Its Nationalist Discourses17. Media and Social Mobilization in Hong Kong18. Citizen Journalism in Taiwan: A Case Study of an Online Platform PeoPo 19. Expressing Myself, Connecting with You: Taiwanese Young Females’ Photographic Self-Portraiture on Wretch Album Part 4: Market, Production and the Media Industries 20. The Geographical Clustering of Chinese Media Production 21. The Changing Role of Copyright in China’s Emergent Media Economy22. Gamers, State and Online Games 23. Live Television Production of Media Events in China: The Case of the Beijing Olympic Games 24. The Ambiguity of ‘the Popular’ and the Popular Press in China25. Negotiated Discursive Struggles in Hyper-Oligopolistic Media System – the Case of Hong Kong Part 5: Chinese Media and the World 26. Internationalization of China’s Television: History, Development and New Trends27. Decoding the Chinese Media in Flux: American Correspondents as an Interpretive Community28. Chinese International Broadcasting, Public Diplomacy and Soft Power

Author Bio

Ming-Yeh Rawnsley is an Associate Research Fellow, China Media Centre, University of Westminster, UK.

Gary Rawnsley is a Professor of Public Diplomacy, Aberystwyth University, UK.

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