1st Edition

Communications in Contemporary China Orchestrating Thinking

Edited By Nicole Talmacs, Altman Yuzhu Peng Copyright 2024
    208 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Using the analogy of an orchestra, the book looks at the ways in which the Party-state conducts communications in China.

    Rather than treating China’s communications system as purely one of centralised top-down control, this book proffers that it is the combination of the government through its state policies, the propaganda bureau’s campaigns, commercial consumer culture, digital and traditional media platforms, celebrities, entertainers and journalists, educators, community interest groups, and family and friends, who all contribute to the evolution of how ideas are perpetuated, enforced, and legitimised in China.

    Covering themes such as censorship, surveillance, national narratives onscreen and in everyday life, political agency, creative work, news production, and gender politics, this book gives an insight into the complex web of conditions, objectives, and challenges that the Chinese leadership and commercial interests face when orchestrating their visions for the nation’s future. As such, this volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of media and communication studies, Chinese politics, and Chinese Studies.

    1. Orchestrating thinking: communications in China

    Nicole Talmacs and Altman Yuzhu Peng

    2. Internet censorship system in China: A functioning digital panopticon

    Guanying Li

    3. Political control, media marketisation, and news production

    Xianwen Kuang

    4. The American other and China’s big screens

    Nicole Talmacs and Michael D. High

    5. Public relations, persona-building, and national identity construction in China: A case study of ‘The Chinese Dream’

    Jenny Zhengye Hou

    6. Constructing a discourse of ‘Red merit’: The orchestrated communication of China’s Red collectors

    Emily Williams

    7. The construction of patriotism in primary school Chinese language textbooks

    Fuqin Pan

    8. Orchestrating opinions: A case study of mainland Chinese responses to Hong Kong’s mass protests

    Magdalena Wong

    9. The discursive battle over public participation in China

    Ceren Ergenc

    10. "Our sugar daddy can never control us": How television professionals negotiate with market forces in Chinese entertainment shows

    Wenna Zeng

    11. Digital business governance: The algorithm design of the short video-sharing application – Tik-Tok

    Altman Yuzhu Peng

    12. Male anxiety and self-victimisation: Chinese young men’s perception of gender dynamics and intimacy

    Yanning Huang

    13. Neoliberal femininities in China: The conflicting gender discourse of transgender celebrity, Jin Xing

    Peiqin Zhou


    Nicole Talmacs is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at the University of Malta, Malta. She is an interdisciplinary researcher, whose research interests lie in the intersections of studies in media and communications, social theory, political science, international studies, and cultural studies. She is the author of China’s Cinema of Class: Audiences and Narratives; and co-editor of The China Question: Contestations and Adaptations. Her scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Asian and African Studies, and Media International Australia.

    Altman Yuzhu Peng is Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, UK. His research interests lie in the intersections of feminism, public relations, and media and cultural studies. He is the author of A Feminist Reading of China’s Digital Public Sphere, co-editor of China, Media, and International Conflicts, and has published over 20 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Asian Journal of Communication, Convergence, Critical Discourse Studies, Discourse, Context & Media, and Television and New Media.