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A change of lens: a call to compare media in China and Russia

Meng, Bingchun and Rantanen, Terhi ORCID: 0000-0002-5345-6699 (2015) A change of lens: a call to compare media in China and Russia. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 32 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1529-5036

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Identification Number: 10.1080/15295036.2014.997831


This article makes what Western scholars call a “leap in the dark” by suggesting that, instead of comparing the “West” with the “Rest”, we should compare the “East” with the “East”- in this case the media in China with the media in Russia. We have identified three blind spots in previous comparative media research that have resulted in turning attention away from comparative study of China and Russia. These are: (1) ahistoricism; (2) misunderstanding the relationship between the state and the market; and (3) understanding national media and communication as closed and homogenous systems. We propose three remedies: (1) historicizing comparative media studies ; (2) re-conceptualizing the relationship between the state and media markets; and (3) rethinking the dynamics between the global, the national and the media.

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Additional Information: © 2015 National Communication Association
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2015 09:16
Last Modified: 22 May 2024 00:48

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