Media Made in China

Ob Staatsfernsehen oder soziale Netzwerke, in China werden Medien nach wie vor für propagandistische Zwecke eingesetzt. Autoren des neuen Journal of Current Chinese Affairs untersuchen die aktuelle Medienstrategie der chinesischen Regierung.

Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Vol 44, No 2 (2015)

Our contributors address and speak to the theme of stability maintenance and Chinese media and communication. The list of questions below, while not exhaustive, is intended to be indicative of a range of concerns:

  • What issues, phenomena and topics in Chinese politics and society support the party-state’s means and goals of stability maintenance?
  • What is the role of the Chinese media and communication system in maintaining stability?
  • What media and communication policies, processes and practices are implemented to maintain stability?
  • What aspects of the Chinese media present themselves as important and relevant prisms through which to explore stability maintenance?
  • What kind of model, paradigm, research agenda or approach is most useful and effective in addressing the issue of weiwen?
  • How does the CCP’s emphasis on weiwen affect media and com-munication in China?

Among the four contributors to this topical issue, two (Sun and Hassid) take a big-picture approach and two (Esarey and Han) zoom in on the language and motivations of particular individuals. While the scope of all four pieces differs, all authors are careful to draw links between particular regulations or individual actions and the stability of the Chinese political system as a whole. They work well together to remind both political scientists and communications scholars of the increasing – and often overlooked – importance that ostensibly apolitical media content has in helping the CCP maintain power. As such, these contributions point the way toward future collaborative work and help nudge Chinese media scholarship beyond its disciplinary bailiwicks.

Wanning Sun’s contribution, "From Poisonous Weeds to Endangered Species: Shenghuo TV, Media Ecology and Stability Maintenance", is intended to set the scene for this topical issue on stability maintenance and media by providing a general context in which the three more empirically based papers are situated. Taking an unorthodox – even somewhat provocative – approach, she argues that media and communication in China can be looked at as an ideological-ecological system. More specifically, she suggests that by exploring the complex relationship and interaction between various media forms, genres and practices in the Chinese media and communication sector, we can arrive at a more nuanced and precise understanding of the relationship between China's media practices and its ongoing objectives for stability maintenance.


Lesen Sie die vollständige Einleitung:
Jonathan Hassid and Wanning Sun: Stability Maintenance and Chinese Media: Beyond Political Communication?

Research Articles

  • Wanning Sun: From Poisonous Weeds to Endangered Species: Shenghuo TV, Media Ecology and Stability Maintenance
    Abstract/ PDF
  • Jonathan Hassid: China's Responsiveness to Internet Opinion: A Double-Edged Sword
    Abstract/ PDF
  • Ashley Esarey: Winning Hearts and Minds? Cadres as Microbloggers in China
    Abstract/ PDF


  • Rongbin Han: Manufacturing Consent in Cyberspace: China's “Fifty-Cent Army”
    Abstract/ PDF

Research Articles

  • Orhan Hilmi Yazar: Regulation with Chinese Characteristics: Deciphering Banking Regulation in China
    Abstract/ PDF

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