A cultural study on communication and technology with specific reference to media in China

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dc.contributor.advisor Szakolczai, Árpád en
dc.contributor.advisor Gottwald, Jörn-Carsten en
dc.contributor.author Cuffe, James Bartholomew
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-03T12:01:43Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.date.submitted 2014
dc.identifier.citation Cuffe, J. B. 2014. A cultural study on communication and technology with specific reference to media in China. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1964
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the role of communications technology in social change. It examines secondary data on contemporary China arguing that many interpretations of events in China are unsuitable at best and at worst conceptually damages our understanding of social change in China. This is especially the case in media studies under the ‘democratic framework’. It proposes that there is an alternative framework in studying the media and social change. This alternative conceptual framework is termed a zone of interpretative development offering a means by which to discuss events that take place in a mediated environment. Taking a theoretical foundation using the philosophy of Mikhail Bakhtin this dissertation develops a platform with which to understand communication technology from an anthropological perspective. Three media events from contemporary China are examined. The first examines the Democracy Wall event and the implications of using a public sphere framework. The second case examines the phenomenon of the Grass Mud Horse, a symbol that has gained popular purchase as a humorous expression of political dissatisfaction and develops the problems seen in the first case but with some solutions. Using a modification of Lev Vygotskiĭ’s zone of proximal development this symbol is understood as an expression of the collective recognition of a shared experience. In the second example from the popular TV talent show contests in China further expressions of collective experience are introduced. With the evidence from these media events in contemporary China this dissertation proposes that we can understand certain modes of communication as occurring in a zone of interpretative development. This proposed anthropological feature of social change via communication and technology can fruitfully describe meaning-formation in society via the expression and recognition of shared experiences. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2014, James B. Cuffe. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject China en
dc.subject Communication en
dc.subject Technology en
dc.subject Social change en
dc.subject Media en
dc.title A cultural study on communication and technology with specific reference to media in China en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Social Science) en
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dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Sociology en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Yes en
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dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
dc.internal.conferring Spring Conferring 2015 en


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