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Title: Approaches to the Chinese state/party : news media relationship
Author: Liu, Na
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2005
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This dissertation, examining Chinese media, has been pursued in a British institution. The potential in this arrangement is that research and analysis of the Chinese case, including the development of a theory to examine the relationship between the Chinese media, State, Communist Party, and public, can be informed by an examination of 'Western' theory. I begin my analysis with a survey of Western media theories. Then I offer an overview of the history, theories and practices of the relationship between the Chinese Communist Party and Chinese journalism, describing the general structure and characteristics of the media under Party domination. I discuss the suppression of emerging media democratisation in 1989 and the subsequent turn to the market, both in media theory and practice, focusing on the Chinese media after China's entry into WTO and the growth of media organizations into business conglomerations. Through detailed case studies of media reform and commercialisation in newspapers and televisions, I try to investigate the tensions and some of the resolutions of these, resulting from Party control and market forces in the emerging commercialised media sector. Case studies, such as Sars (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in China in 2002, will be examined to evaluate how journalism worked in the supposed 'new era' of state/party and media.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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