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Civic Discourse, Civil Society, and Chinese Communities

Civic Discourse, Civil Society, and Chinese Communities


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The purpose of this volume is to bring together a set of chapters that investigate the communication practices through which Chinese societies are creating their civil foundations for the next millennium. Civic Discourse, Civil Society, and Chinese Communities, reflects both the emphasis on analyzing specific discursive practices in particular Chinese societies and on understanding the role that discursive practices play in the development of civil society more generally.

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ISBN-13: 9781567504439
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/10/1999
Series: Civic Discourse for the Third Millennium Series
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

RANDY KLUVER is Associate Professor on Speech and Rhetoric and Director of the interdisciplinary Asian Studies Program at Oklahoma City University. His research focuses primarily on 20th century Asian political discourse and its cultural roots. He is also interested in global political, economic, and cultural trends, in an attempt to understand the world we will inhabit in the future.

JOHN H. POWERS is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he has been for the past eight years. Previous to his current position, he taught at Texas A&M University for 16 years. His research interests include communication theory and paradigm building, public discourse theory and criticism, and the role of language in routine communication practices. He is author of Public Speaking: The Lively Art (1994).

Table of Contents


Introduction: Civic Discourse and Civil Society in Chinese Communities, John H. Powers and Randy Kluver

Part I: Civic Discourse and National Identity

Elite-Based Discourse in Chinese Civil Society, Randy Kluver

Journalistic Memoirs of China: The Discourse of Foreign Reporters, John H. Powers

Part II: Emerging Patterns of Discourse in Chinese Civil Societies

The Role of Rhetorical Topoi in Constructing the Social Fabric of Contemporary China, George Q. Xu

Freedom of Religion in China: The Emerging Civic Discourse, Brent Fulton

From Kaihui to Duihua: The Transformation of Chinese Civic Discourse, Wenshan Jia

Ineffability and Violence in Taiwan's Congress, Jensen Chung

Ideological Themes in Hong Kong's Public Service Announcements: Implications for China's Future, Lisa Cuklanz and Wendy Wong

Part III: Modes of Civic Discourse in Chinese Communities

From Lei Feng to Zhang Haidi: Changing Media Images of Model Youth in the Post-Mao Reform Era, Mei Zhang

Televisual Discourse and the Mediation of Power: Living Room Dialogues with Modernity in Reform-Era China, William C. Godby

Literature as Civic Discourse in the Reform Era: Utopianism and Cynicism in Chinese Political Consciousness, Shiping Hua

Same Language, Yet Different: News Coverage of Clinton's China Visit by Two Prominent Newspapers, Mei Zhong

(Re)locating Our Voices in the Public Sphere: Call-in Talk Shows as a Channel for Civic Discourse in Taiwan, Rueyling Chuang and Ringo Ma

Kan Dashan as Civic Discourse in a Chinese Community, Shuming Lu

The Internet as a Mode of Civic Discourse: The Chinese Virtual Community in North America, Dejun Liu

Part IV: Civic Discourse Between China and the World

The Pride of Zuguo: China's Perennial Appeal to the Overseas Chinese and an Emergent Civic Discourse in a Global Community, Dilin Liu and Canchu Lin

China's Rhetoric of Socialization in its International Civic Discourse, D. Ray Heisey

Civic Discourse with the International Community: China's Whitepapers on Human Rights, John H. Powers

Rhetorical Adaptability in China's Argument for Most Favored Nation Status, Heping Zhao

Civic Discourse in China-U.S. Relations: Great Leaps Forward and Backward, Mei-ling T. Wang

Author Index

Subject Index

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