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Urban Place And Media Space

Posted on:2015-01-06Degree:MasterType:Thesis
Country:ChinaCandidate:Elisabetta CrovaraFull Text:PDF
GTID:2308330464455699Subject:Global Media and Communication
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According to the "World Urbanization Prospect" (2011 Revision, United Nations) urbanisation in China has dramatically increased in the past 20 years. In particular, Mega-Events, such as Beijing Olympics 2008 and Shanghai World Expo 2010, have boosted new urban plans and developments. By comprhensively exploring the dynamics driving China Urbanisation, this paper will shed light on the Chinese online media coverage of this phenomenon. After a theoretical overview of cultural approaches to urban studies and media framing, this research will sharpen its focus to ’Songjiang New City’ case as an epitome of Chinese Urbanisation in the context of Shanghai Expo 2010. Thus, a research question is posed:How are the central forces underlying the phenomenon of China Urbanization represented by Chinese online media coverage of Songjiang New City?To answer this question, a framing/thematic analysis is applied to five articles from Chinese Online News Platforms (English Language). The analysis leads to discover that while economic forces are the most emphasised in the literature on China Urbanisation, together with the strong political ideology lying behind them, the’aesthetic’discourse about China’s architecture and heritage turns out to be the most covered by the media. Hence, I argue that the ’image/identity’ of the city is one of the central points of investigation for urban studies, thus it has to be applied to research on China Urbanisation. Moreover, I conclude that media analysis has demonstrated to be a proper tool to research such representations. Therefore, this research is only a starting a point for further investigation into how media spaces contribute to the creation of city re-presentation.
Keywords/Search Tags:China urbanization, Mega-Events, Media Framing
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