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Media power in Hong Kong : hyper-marketized media and cultural resistance / Charles Chi-wai Cheung.
Cheung, Charles Chi-wai, author.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2016.
xv, 216 pages ; 25 cm.
Routledge contemporary China series ; 144.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
0415679435 hardback

9780415679435 hardback

9781315636955 ebook


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Book P92.H6C526

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Studies of Hong Kong media primarily examine whether China will crush Hong Kong¿s media freedom. This book however traces the root problem of Hong Kong media back to the colonial era, demonstrating that before the resumption of Chinese sovereignty there already existed a uniquely Hong Kong brand of hyper-marketized and oligopolistic media system. The system, encouraged by the British colonial government, was subsequently aggravated by the Chinese government. This peculiar system is highly susceptible to state intervention and structurally disadvantaged dissent and marginal groups before and after 1997. The book stresses that this hyper-marketized media system has been constantly challenged. Through a historical study of media stigmatization of youth, this book proposes that over the years various counter forces have penetrated the structurally lopsided Hong Kong media: independent, public, popular and news media all make occasional subversive alliances to disrupt the mainstream, and news media, with a strong liberal professionalism, provide the most subversive space for challenging cultural hegemony. The book offers an alternative and fascinating account of the dynamics between hegemonic closure and day-to-day resistance in Hong Kong media in both the colonial and post-colonial eras, arguing that the Hong Kong case generates important insights for understanding ideological struggles in capitalist media.

Author Notes

Charles Chi-wai Cheung is an Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Theoretical reformulation of media power
3 Hong Kong brand of capitalist media and negotiated representational struggles
4 News polysemy I: range of discourses
5 News polysemy II: treatment of discourses
6 Audience negotiation
7 Conclusion