This authoritative study explores China's rapidly evolving polity, economy, and society through the prism of its communication system. Yuezhi Zhao offers a multifaceted, interdisciplinary analysis of communication in China and its central role in the struggle for control during the country's rise to global power. The industry in all its forms-ranging from the news media to entertainment outlets to the Internet-has been a critical battleground among different social forces in this period of wrenching change. The author explores alterations in the structure and content of Chinese communication in light of the rapid evolution of state-society relations to reveal the profoundly contradictory, conflicted, and uncertain nature of China's ongoing transformation.
Yuezhi Zhao is associate professor and Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University.
Introduction Chapter 1: Reconfiguring Party-State Power: Market Reforms, Communication, and Control in the Digital Age Chapter 2: Securing the Commanding Heights: Class, Power, and the Transformation of the Party-State's Media and Culture Sector Chapter 3: Dancing with Wolves? Transnational Capital, Nationalism, and the Terms of Global Reintegration Chapter 4: Entertaining the Masses: Domestic Private Capital, Popular Culture, and the Role of Cultural Entrepreneurs Chapter 5: Crusading for Civil Rights and Legal Justice: Possibilities and Limits of Media and Internet Mobilization Chapter 6: Challenging Neoliberalism: The Lang Xianping Storm, Property Rights, and Economic Justice Conclusion