Discourse, Politics and Media in Contemporary China

ORCID logoQing Cao | Durham University
Hailong Tian | Tianjin University of Commerce
Paul Chilton | Lancaster University
ISBN 9789027206459 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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After three and a half decades of economic reforms, radical changes have occurred in all aspects of life in China. In an authoritarian society, these changes are mediated significantly through the power of language, carefully controlled by the political elites. Discourse, as a way of speaking and doing things, has become an indispensable instrument for the authority to manage a fluid, increasingly fragmented, but highly dynamic and yet fragile society. Written by an international team of leading scholars, this volume examines socio-political transformations of contemporary Chinese society through a systematic account, analysis and assessment of its salient discourses and their production, circulation, negotiation, and consequences. In particular, the volume focuses on the interplay of politics and media. The book’s intended readership is academics and students of Chinese studies, language and discourse, and media and communication studies.

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“This book is to be welcomed as a contribution to elucidating important discursive aspects of the major transformations which are taking place in China.”
Discourse, Politics and Media in Contemporary China offers a radical, innovative and timely analysis of the production and flow of discourses in modern China. Drawing together a wide range of perspectives from a team of renowned international scholars, this volume is an important contribution to our understanding of how communications, the media and politics interact with, and impact on each other in the PRC.”
“Every polity has its political language, often opaque to those outside the policy world, yet something which analysts need to construe. None more so than China's, where the world's oldest tradition of statecraft has been infused with communist discourse and is being further injected with the jargon of market liberalism. Understanding this lore is essential to interpreting the country's political direction and its leaders' rationalisations. These scholars have given us invaluable multidisciplinary exegeses of many aspects of this fascinating subject.”
“This edited volume presents an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of China’s socio-political transformations through the lens of CDA. Covering a wide range of topics, the volume effectively demonstrates the complexity of political and media discourses in contemporary China and offers a systematic account of these discourses’ production, circulation, and (potential) implications. Throughout the volume, the legitimization effect of discourse has been given special attention and the relevant discussions have made an important contribution to our understanding of how discourse has become a key “battleground” in China’s post-reform era. As such, this volume can be an informative reading for academics and students in communication and media studies, Chinese studies, and language and discourse studies. [...] The volume is ideal reading for academics interested in political and media discourses in contemporary China, and it can be useful recommended reading for related graduate courses as well.”
“This volume might be taken as a useful reference for researchers and students interested in CDA, media and communication studies, politics and studies of contemporary China.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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