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Title: Women journalists, new femininity, and post-feminism in urban China
Author: Jin, Y.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7968 8353
Awarding Body: Coventry University
Current Institution: Coventry University
Date of Award: 2018
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In recent years, neoliberalism and post-feminism have become global discourses. After more than thirty years of policy reform in China, market-driven individualism and consumerist ideology have found a home there. This thesis foregrounds women journalists in order to study the associated emergence of a new femininity in urban China. It suggests that the mediated new femininity is a crucial site of challenges, contests and struggles, and explores how the subjectivities of these journalists are produced and played out in the Chinese context of media, globalization and gender and identity construction. Three influential female journalists will be used as case studies in order to explore the different though overlapping dimensions of China's new middle-class female subjectivity. Feminist discourse analysis and ethnographic approach were drawn on as main research methods in this thesis. I suggest a term of 'technologies of new femininity', to describe the mechanisms deployed by government to speak about gender, as well as those employed by individual women to identify the self. I argue that there could be a 'knowledgeable femininity', as one potential feature of 'alternative femininity'. I also suggest a 'triangle contact zone' where new femininity's exploration could locate, in a destructive re-establishment sense. The subjectivities of these examples of 'new women' in contemporary China are forged out of contradictory, entangled discourses and narrative tensions between female journalists' mediated presentations (objects), and their identity constructions, practices and self-representations (subjects). The new femininity in China is not a fixed and stable concept, It does not have fixed definitions of who they are, the characteristics they possess, or of what kind of life they live-although they employ an agency that relates to all of thesematters. Rather, their identity formation is a fluid, chaotic, interrupted, self-contradictory, self-questioning, even self-subversive process. It is in this sense that female journalists can be understood as exemplifying the idea that the middle-class new woman in urban China has a split-self. It is a divide and tension that the Chinese party-state initiates and takes advantage of as technologies of global neoliberal governmentality. In this sense, post-feminism in China can be considered to offer an alternative to women that is beyond the binary of good and bad.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Women Journalists ; Post-feminism ; Technologies of New Femininity ; Global Neoliberal Governmentality ; Alternative Femininity