From "Not In My Back Yard" to policy advocacy: The co-empowerment model between media and protests in China

Yu HUANG*, Fanxu Zeng

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Some social protests in China are developing from "Not In My Back Yard" to policy advocacy agendas. To explain this rising phenomenon, the research compared four middle class protest cases that erupted in major cities (Xiamen, Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou) of China. Using the case study and in-depth interviews as the research methods, the paper argued that the new protest pattern is a dynamics of the interplay process and the result of the co-empowerment model between media and protesters. It can be further specified by two variables: one is whether an agenda enters a highly developed civil society-oriented media system; the other is whether policy entrepreneurs strategically use media framing to forge a new movement culture in the agenda. In an ever changing media environment and market condition, the co-empowerment model can be exemplified by other social movement, thus the study sheds some light in understanding the construction of the Chinese civil movement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-200
Number of pages34
JournalMass Communication Research
Issue number109
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • "Not In My Back Yard"
  • Co-empowerment model
  • Policy advocacy

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