Discourse and Socio-political Transformations in Contemporary China

| Lancaster University
| Tianjin University of Commerce
| Lancaster University
ISBN 9789027202611 | EUR 80.00 | USD 120.00
ISBN 9789027273789 | EUR 80.00 | USD 120.00
China’s opening up to the West, its extraordinary economic rise, and the subsequent internal and global issues, are an object of huge interest and concern. Discourse and Socio-political Transformations in Contemporary China focuses on one aspect of the contemporary Chinese phenomenon, one that is so obvious that it is generally ignored in the mainstream academic departments – that politics, society and transformation are the product of myriad collective linguistic interchanges, some stabilized, some competing, some agonistic, some new and emerging.

As an outcome of dialogue between Chinese and Western scholars, the present volume contains case studies that offer a survey of the discourse aspect of Chinese society in social stratification, government service, policy consultancy, higher education, foreign policy, and TV. The conceptual reflections on discourse and critique in different cultures offer new considerations for discourse analysis, including critical discourse analysis, in the context of Chinese society today.

This volume was originally published as a special issue of Journal of Language and Politics 9:4 (2010).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 42]  2012.  ix, 150 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Paul Chilton, Hailong Tian and Ruth Wodak
Reflections on discourse and critique in China and the West
Paul Chilton, Hailong Tian and Ruth Wodak
The discursive construction of the social stratification order in reforming China
Qing Zhang
Institutional language as power in contemporary China: Interaction between officials and visitors in government service offices
Yi Li
A cultural political economy of transnational knowledge brands: Porterian “competitiveness” discourse and its recontextualization in Hong Kong/Pearl River Delta
Ngai-Ling Sum
Discursive production of teaching quality assessment report: A Critical Discourse Analysis
Hailong Tian
Discursive construction of Chinese foreign policy: A diachronic analysis of the Chinese government’s Annual Work Report to the NPC
Zeshun You, Jianping Chen and Zhong-Hong
The re-imagined West in Chinese television: A case study of the CCTV documentary series the Rise of the Great Powers
Qing Cao
Book review
Tian, Hailong. Discourse Studies: Categories, Perspectives and Methodologies
Reviewed by Peng Zhao
“This volume opens up an important and enlightening dialogue between Western and Chinese scholars on the applicability of critical discourse analysis in China.”
“With its political-economic ascendancy, China is catching ever-growing international attention and imagination. Intercultural dialogue and critique will be not only necessary but also productive. This enlightening collection by authors at the forefront of their fields meets exactly that need, and more – a major resource in the study of contemporary China’s discourses.”
“The seven chapters in Discourse and Socio-political Transformations in Contemporary China are sure to benefit students and researchers who are interested in discourse studies and social science with a clear theoretical focus and practical applications. The studies in this volume are qualitative in nature with a wide coverage of topics ranging from politics, economics, education and media, to social relations and social interactions.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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