Media Representation and Political Legitimation: The Case of Chinese Media - Focusing Specifically on Newspapers

Zhang, Rong (2010). Media Representation and Political Legitimation: The Case of Chinese Media - Focusing Specifically on Newspapers. MRes thesis The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.0000f89f

Abstract

This dissertation adopts a sociological approach to political legitimation and explores the communicative aspect of the process in the Chinese context. The study examines both quantitatively and qualitatively the coverage in two newspapers of recent health care reform in China. One of these was a party organ, The People’s Daily, while the other was a mass appeal newspaper, The South Metropolis Daily. The similarities and differences between the two newspapers and in the functions they seem to play in legitimating the Party-state are discussed. The study finds that the Chinese newspapers create a symbolic environment where the power of the Party-state is legitimated via appeal to shared beliefs about the common interest.

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