Communication in China: Political Economy, Power, and Conflict

Communication in China: Political Economy, Power, and Conflict

by Yuezhi Zhao


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The stakes for control over the means of communication in China have never been so high as the country struggles with breathtaking social change. This authoritative book analyzes the key dimensions of the transformation in China's communication system since the early 1990s and examines the highly fluid and potentially explosive dynamics of communication, power, and social contestation during China's rapid rise as a global power. Yuezhi Zhao begins with an analysis of the party-state's reconfiguration of political, economic, and ideological power in the Chinese communication system. She then explores the processes and social implications of domestic and foreign capital formation in the communication industry. Drawing on media and Internet debates on fundamental political, economic, and social issues in contemporary China, the book concludes with a nuanced depiction of the pitched and uneven battles for access and control among different social forces. Locating developments in Chinese communication within the nexus of state, market, and society, the author analyzes how the legacies of socialism continue to cast a long shadow. The book not only provides a multifaceted and interdisciplinary portrait of contemporary Chinese communication, but also explores profound questions regarding the nature of the state, the dynamics of class formation, and the trajectory of China's epochal social transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742519657
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Series: State & Society in East Asia Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.37(w) x 9.45(h) x 1.27(d)

About the Author

Yuezhi Zhao is associate professor and Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Reconfiguring Party-State Power: Market Reforms, Communication, and Control in the Digital Age Chapter 2: Securing the Commanding Heights: Class, Power, and the Transformation of the Party-State's Media and Culture Sector Chapter 3: Dancing with Wolves? Transnational Capital, Nationalism, and the Terms of Global Reintegration Chapter 4: Entertaining the Masses: Domestic Private Capital, Popular Culture, and the Role of Cultural Entrepreneurs Chapter 5: Crusading for Civil Rights and Legal Justice: Possibilities and Limits of Media and Internet Mobilization Chapter 6: Challenging Neoliberalism: The Lang Xianping Storm, Property Rights, and Economic Justice Conclusion

What People are Saying About This

Barrett McCormick

The excellent scholarship provides a badly needed update to the state of Chinese media. Zhao has both breadth and depth as a scholar, providing timely case studies and a wealth of up-to-date information. She makes extensive use of Chinese language sources that are not widely known even by experts in the field.

Dan Schiller

With commanding skill, Yuezhi Zhao reveals the conflicted role of communications in an epochal contemporary change: China's reintegration into global capitalism. Historically grounded and analytically powerful, this work is also vividly nuanced. It is instantly indispensable.

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