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Title:Courtship, relationship, marriage and the state: regulation of contemporary Chinese popular media
Author(s):Bai, Meijiadai
Director of Research:Valdivia, Angharad N.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Valdivia, Angharad N.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Nerone, John; McCarthy, Cameron R.; Chan, Anita S.
Department / Program:Inst of Communications Rsch
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Media regulation
Media Censorship
Discursive Regulation
Private Topics in Public
Regulation of Sexual Content
Representation of Sexuality
If You Are the One
Dwelling Narrowness
Lost in Beijing
Abstract:This dissertation explores the regulation of sex-related popular media text in contemporary China, across the expected lifespan of procreative heterosexual marriage. The three case studies encompass regulation of television programming, television drama, and film. The regulative actions vary from public notices to official prohibition of the media text. Following the Foucauldian tradition of studying media regulation, and borrowing from feminist, queer and class studies, this dissertation records the contradiction-rifle contemporary history of media regulation in post-socialist, neoliberal China. Under what appear to be conservative, theocratic-like regulations, I argue that nationalism, the Party’s localized socialist ideology, and hetero-patriarchy are intertwined to secure a legitimized but under-supervised party-state governance. However, it is through these very prohibitions that a space for text about women’s gender consciousness has opened.
Issue Date:2015-01-21
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Meijiadai Bai
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-01-21
Date Deposited:2014-12

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