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Popular Media, Social Emotion and Public Discourse in Contemporary China

1st Edition

By Shuyu Kong

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154 pages

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Since the early 1990s the media and cultural fields in China have become increasingly commercialized, resulting in a massive boom in the cultural and entertainment industries. This evolution has also brought about fundamental changes in media behaviour and communication, and the enormous growth of entertainment culture and the extensive penetration of new media into the everyday lives of Chinese people.

Against the backdrop of the rapid development of China’s media industry and the huge growth in social media, this book explores the emotional content and public discourse of popular media in contemporary China. It examines the production and consumption of blockbuster films, television dramas, entertainment television shows, and their corresponding online audience responses, and describes the affective articulations generated by cultural and media texts, audiences and social contexts. Crucially, this book focuses on the agency of audiences in consuming these media products, and the affective communications taking place in this process in order to address how and why popular culture and entertainment programs exert so much power over mass audiences in China. Indeed, Shuyu Kong shows how Chinese people have sought to make sense of the dramatic historical changes of the past three decades through their engagement with popular media, and how this process has created a cultural public sphere where social communication and public discourse can be launched and debated in aesthetic and emotional terms.

Based on case studies that range from television drama to blockbuster films, and reality television programmes to social media sites, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Chinese culture and society, media and communication studies, film studies and television studies.

Reviews

"This is not only a most readable and well-researched book, but also a neatly focused analysis of an increasingly important media sector in contemporary China."

Yingchi Chu, Murdoch University, Asian Studies Review

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Aftershock: The Sentimental Construction of Family in Post-Socialist China 2. Crying your Heart Out: Laid-off Women Workers, Kuqingxi,and Melodramatic Sensibility in Chinese TV Drama 3. Magic Cube of Happiness: Managing Conflicts and Feelings on Chinese Primetime Television 4. Are You the One? The Competing Public Voices of China’s Post-1980s Generation 5. Undercover: Internet Media Fandom and the Sociality of Cultural Consumption 6. Let the Bullet Fly: Film Discussions and the Cultural Public Sphere

About the Author

Shuyu Kong is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary China Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOC022000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies