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Media, civil society, and the rise of a green public sphere in China

Yang, Guobin and Calhoun, Craig (2007) Media, civil society, and the rise of a green public sphere in China. China Information, 21 (2). pp. 211-236. ISSN 0920-203X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0920203X07079644


Direct citizen voices are relatively absent from China's public arena and seldom influence government policymaking. In early 2004, however, public controversies surrounding dam building on the Nu River prompted the Chinese government to halt the proposed hydropower project. The occurrence of such public debates indicates the rise of a green public sphere of critical environmental discourse. Environmental nongovernmental organizations play a central role in producing this critical discourse. Mass media, the internet, and “alternative media” are the main channels of communication. The emergence of a green public sphere demonstrates the new dynamism of grass-roots political change.

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Additional Information: © 2007 SAGE Publications
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2012 15:07
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:22

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