1st Edition

Environmental Risk Communication in China
Actors, Issues and Governance

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ISBN 9781032103303
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
336 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

USD $170.00

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Book Description

The role of media is becoming increasingly important as globalization has developed. Given fast social transformation and technological development in China, the consequent environmental and health risks demand citizens integrate the communication and prevention of such risks as a significant part of their daily life. This book systematically discusses the communication process of typical environmental risk issues, and the complex interaction among multiple actors, including the public, media, experts and government in contemporary China. From a media-centered perspective, it applies major theories in the field of risk communication, and uses a variety of empirical research methods to unravel the complicated and unique experience of risk communication and governance. Combining theoretical reflections with real-life examples of Chinese scenarios, the authors not only encourage a dialogue between Western and Chinese academia but also inspire students and practitioners to apply risk communication theories to solving real-life problems. The book will appeal to students, scholars and practitioners of risk and environmental communication studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Study Environmental Risk Communication in China? Part I: The Public. 1. How the Public Perceives Risks. 2. Political Opportunities Generated by Environmental Struggles. 3. The Enlightenment of Environmental Rumors in the PX Urban Contention. Part II: The Media. 4. How Does Media Create Risk Communication Frameworks? 5. How Do Official and Public Discourse Overlap in Environmental Issues? 6. From Democratic Pragmatism to Administrative Rationalism The transition of actors and discourses in waste incineration controversy on Weibo. Part III: The Experts. 7. Experts’ Roles in Risk Construction. 8. How Do Different Risk Communities Compete? Part IV: The NGOs. 9 .Publicity strategies and media logic communication campaigns of environmental NGOs in China. 10. Frame alignment and environmental advocacy the influence of NGO strategies on policy outcomes in China. Part V: The Government. 11. Why Does Risk Communication Fail? 12. Cooptation of Urban Protests in China Normative, Cognitive, and Regulatory Controls through the Media. 13. The Central-local Differences in Environmental Advocacy. Conclusion: Environmental risk communication and the emerging paradigm of environmental governance in China.

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Jia Dai is an associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University, China. Her research interests include environmental communication, new media and social transformation.

Fanxu Zeng is an associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University. His research areas are political communication, media and civil society, and environmental communication.