The study of contemporary China constitutes a fascinating yet challenging area of scholarly inquiry. Recent decades have brought dramatic changes to China's economy, society and governance. Analyzing such changes in the context of multiple disciplinary perspectives offers opportunites as well as challenges for scholars in the field known as contemporary China Studies. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China is a two-volume exploration of the transformations of contemporary China, firmly grounded in the both disciplinary and China-specific contexts. Drawing on a range of scholarly approaches found in the social sciences and history, an international team of contributors engage with the question of what a rapidly changing China means for the broader field of contemporary China studies, and identify areas of promising future research. Part 1: Context: History, Economy, and the Environment Part 2: Economic Transformations Part 3: Politics and Government Part 4: China on the Global Stage Part 5: China's Foreign Policy Part 6: National and Nested Identities Part 7: Urbanization and Spatial Development Part 8: Poverty and Inequality Part 9: Social Change Part 10: Future Directions for Contemporary China Studies

Media Since 1949: Changes and Continuities

Media Since 1949: Changes and Continuities

Media since 1949: Changes and Continuities
Jian Xu Wanning Sun


As an integral aspect of Chinese politics, society and economy, Chinese media both embody and reflect the profound political and social transformation which China has witnessed from the establishment of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the present. Taking a historical approach and through the prism of media professionals, technologies, and institution of journalistic production, this chapter aims to chart both the changes and continuities in the relationship between Chinese media and Chinese politics over the past six decades. In other words, focusing on the changing role and function of the Chinese state in shaping the direction and substance of ...

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