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[Commlist] new book: Media and Conflict in the Social Media Era in China

Mon Nov 02 07:16:45 GMT 2020

Media and Conflict in the Social Media Era in China  (Palgrave Macmillan)
Author: Shixin Ivy Zhang

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ISBN 978-981-15-7635-5

Book description:
-Provides up-to-date empirical evidence drawing on case studies and textbased social media analysis. -Examines the Sino-Indian border crisis, the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands dispute, South China Sea dispute and North Korea nuclear crisis in 2017 and 2018. -Bases quantitative content analysis and qualitative textual analysis on the Global Times’ news posts and users’ comments on Weibo, China’s leading microblogging site.

This book explores the media and conflict relationship in the age of social media through the lens of China. Inspired by the concepts of medialization of conflict and actor-network theory, this book centers on four main actors in wars and conflicts: social media platform, mainstream news organizations, online users and social media content. These four human and non-human actors associate, interact and negotiate with each other in the social media network. The central argument is that social media is playing an enabling role in contemporary wars and conflicts. Both professional media outlets and web users employ the functionalities of social media platforms to set, counter-set or expand the online public agenda. Social media platform embodies a web of technological and human complexities with different actors, factors, interests, and power relations. These four actors and the macro social-political context are influential in the medialization of conflict in the social media era.

Table of content

Chap 1. Introduction: Media and conflict studies in the social media age
Chap 2. China's social media platforms: Weibo
Chap 3. Sino-Indian Border crisis in 2017
Chap 4. Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute in 2017-2018
Chap 5. South China Sea Dispute in 2018
Chap 6. North Korea nuclear crisis in 2018
Chap 7. Conclusion

Author's bio:
Shixin Ivy Zhang (Ph.D. University of Leeds) is Associate Professor in Journalism Studies at University of Nottingham Ningbo China. She is the author of two research monographs entitled /Impact of Globalization on the Local Press in China /(2014) and /Chinese War Correspondents/:/Covering Wars and Conflicts in the 21st Century/ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

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