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|Title: ||National elite media discourses on globalization : comparing China with India|
|Other Titles: ||Quan qiu hua yi ti de mei ti jian gou : Zhong Yin quan guo xing jing ying mei ti zhi bi jiao|
全球化議題的媒體建構 : 中印全國性精英媒體之比較
|Authors: ||Song, Jing (宋晶)|
|Department: ||Department of Media and Communication|
|Degree: ||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Issue Date: ||2010|
|Publisher: ||City University of Hong Kong|
|Subjects: ||Mass media and language -- China.|
Mass media and language -- India.
Mass media and globalization -- China.
Mass media and globalization -- India.
|Notes: ||CityU Call Number: P96.L342 C66 2010|
x, 190 leaves 30 cm.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2010.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 174-190)
|Abstract: ||In the age of globalization, nation states have to negotiate with the neo-liberal world
order, articulating national interest on the one hand and preserving national identity and
sovereignty on the other. National media draw a world map for ordinary people and
explain the relationship between globalization and their lives. Therefore one important
way of examining the international discursive contestation is to look through national
media's prisms to explore how the state acts as the repository of national interest. Chinese
and Indian elite media discourses offer an illuminating pair for case comparison. This
study attempts to investigate the differences between national media construction of
globalization in China and India.
Theoretically, this thesis argues that national media discursive construction is shaped
and influenced by the national interest as defined by state elites located in a larger
international political economy. Empirically, this study compared 1,004 editorials of
three national newspapers-- the People's Daily, the Global Times, and the Hindu-- from
1996 to 2006. Besides, 185 editorials from 2000 to 2006 from the Times of India were
included for further comparison. Content analysis and discourse analysis were applied;
the former acts as the prelude to the latter. This study aimed to answer three research
questions. (1) What is China and India located in the international political economy? (2)
How do Chinese and Indian media construct globalization in line with these contexts? (3)
What explain the similarities and differences in their media constructions?
Content analysis revealed that the media in the two countries take a positive attitude
towards globalization. Two media frames were prominent in referencing "globalization:
namely, the "Interest" frame and the "Identity" frame. According to the two frames, I
unpacked globalization into four issues: the international issues and the benefit-cost in the
neo-liberal world order; the domestic conflicts and the contestation among various groups
within state; the continuity and discontinuity between history and globalization; the
boundary of the "other" and "us" and the construction of the others.
The study finds that the Chinese media believe that China should accommodate to
the global world in terms of economic development, but politically to fight against
western hegemony to preserve China's autonomy and legitimacy. The Indian media focus more on military and security issues in the region and sub-continent; they hold a more
critical attitude towards the international trade order than do the Chinese media. On the
internal conflict issues that may arise from globalization, the Chinese media deemphasize
the ill effects of globalization on disadvantaged groups; they emphasize overall national
interests rather than specific interest of civil society and the people. The Indian media
criticize the government for policy failure, where globalization is concerned, to take care
of bad influences on people's lives.
The study also finds that the Chinese media emphasize the historical continuity as if
globalization provides a golden opportunity for China's rise to great-power status and to
revive the past glory of Chinese civilization. In contrast, the Indian media emphasize the
historical discontinuity and seldom refer to the splendid Indian history. At the same time,
the Chinese media accept the U.S.'s domination in the global trade and economic system,
and overlook the role of other developing countries. The Indian media mainly criticize
the U.S. for hurting India's economy and military security, but hold a mixed feeling
toward other third world countries.
The study concludes that the Chinese and Indian media apply different frames in
globalization discourse. The Chinese media approach globalization issues mainly in an
interest frame, paying attention to economic development which can bolster elite power
and save the Party from legitimacy crisis. The Indian media's construction of
globalization is more identity-based and critical-oriented. China's economic reform has
produced wealth for the elite, strengthened the regime's legitimacy, and stimulated
national pride. In contrast, the Indian government's neoliberal policies are more often
criticized because the ambivalent colonial history has shaped an uncertain national
identity, and thus an ambiguous media attitude towards globalization.|
|Online Catalog Link: ||http://lib.cityu.edu.hk/record=b3947610|
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