Media and Society in Networked China


This is a collection of seven essays on media and society in China translated from the leading Chinese-language journal Open Times. Authored mostly by scholars based in China, this volume offers a panoramic view on contemporary Chinese thoughts regarding media industries in a rapidly transforming society, especially the central role played by digital media such as Internet and smart phone. The book consists of three parts: (a) socialist media, transformed; (b) critical events and public interests; and (c) Internet, grassroots and social movements. Together they reflect a wide range of views – left, right, and center – on the past, present, and future of media reform and social transformation in China today.

Prices from (excl. VAT):

From  138,00 €159,00 $
Add to Cart
Jack Linchuan Qiu, Ph.D. (2004) University of Southern California, is Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Studying media and society in China, Qiu’s recent work includes Goodbye iSlave (U of Illinois Press, 2016).
Series Foreword
List of Contributors

1 Introduction
Jack Linchuan Qiu

Part 1: Socialist Media, Transformed

2 Re-establish Socialist Cultural Leadership in the Networked Era? State, Intellectuals, and Working-Class Political Communication
Zhao Yuezhi and Wu Changchang

3 State Division, Control Networks and the Opportunity Structure for the Coverage of Contentious Issues
Xia Qianfang and Yuan Guangfeng

Part 2: Critical Events & Public Interest

4 The Wu Ying Case and the Partisan Nature of Chinese Intellectuals on Microblogs
Wang Weijia and Yang Lijuan

5 News Commentary as a Form of Interest Articulation: A Sociology of Communication Perspective
Xu Guiquan and Ren Mengshan

Part 3: Internet, Grassroots & Social Movement

6 A World of Black and White: Internet Practices in an Urban Village—Distribution of Social Resources and Ecology of Communication in a Grassroots Society
Ding Wei

7 Ernai Ah Zhen: A Story About the Construction of Subjectivity in the Virtual World
Liu Ya

8 The Virtual Organization of Social Movement Entrepreneurs: The Internet and New Forms of Protest in Contemporary Chinese Society
Zeng Fanxu, Vincent Guangsheng Huang and Liu Li ming

Those interested in contemporary China and its media industries, including new digital media and traditional media, in terms of politics, cultural, and social movements.