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dc.contributor.authorGong, Leien
dc.contributor.authorWilliamson, Dugalden
dc.contributor.authorAdams, Paulen
dc.contributor.authorSharkey, Michaelen
dc.date.accessioned2009-11-10T16:06:00Z
dc.date.created2007en
dc.date.issued2008en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/3016en
dc.description.abstractThe thesis combines quantitative and qualitative analysis to compare selected Chinese and Australian press representations of Olympic-related events and issues. It focuses on 'The Australian' and 'The Sydney Morning Herald for Australia', and 'The People's Daily', 'China Daily' and Xinhua News Agency for China, over the period 1990 to 2004. The press systems converge on the Olympics but diverge in the way they frame news and express cultural and ideological values. Content analysis shows that the Chinese press referred more to economic improvements and social development, following the work of the Communist Party of China in the Games bidding and preparations. In contrast, the Australian press emphasised political issues, especially in criticisms of China's human rights record. It treated Olympic-related issues as more complex and intense, and harder to resolve, presenting more diverse social actors and perspectives. Building on content analysis, discourse analysis of news language and values, and cultural values and philosophies, shows how such differences relate to the roles of the press in a liberal-democratic and a transitional authoritarian society. The news values in the Australian coverage included not only journalistic independence but also drama and controversy, providing a seemingly diversified picture of China's involvement in the Olympics but sometimes stereotypical descriptions. The Chinese coverage reflected the news values of following official policy, respecting authority, and advocating social stability. It avoided controversy in order to provide positive representations of Olympic-related activities domestically, and develop China's new open image internationally. While the study confirms the official role of the Chinese press as a voice of "the people" and a tool of the Party, it shows the complexity of this dual role and the specific discursive strategies used to maintain it in changing circumstances. In particular, following the failure of China's first bid in 1993 to host the Olympics, focused on the country's advantages, the official press and publicity adopted a "low-key" strategy in the bid and preparations for the 2008 Games. This strategy sought to counter political criticisms, including human rights debates, by re-framing them ideologically in terms of myths of progress, the people and the Olympic spirit.en
dc.languageenen
dc.titleConvergence and Divergence: A Comparative Study of the Chinese and Australian Press Representations of Olympic-Related Activities, 1990-2004en
dc.typeThesis Doctoralen
dcterms.accessRightsUNE Greenen
dc.subject.keywordsCommunications Technologiesen
local.contributor.firstnameLeien
local.contributor.firstnameDugalden
local.contributor.firstnamePaulen
local.contributor.firstnameMichaelen
local.subject.for2008100599 Communications Technologies not elsewhere classifieden
local.subject.seo700399 Communication Services Not Elsewhere Classifieden
dcterms.RightsStatementCopyright 2007 - Lei Gongen
dc.date.conferred2008en
local.thesis.degreelevelDoctoralen
local.thesis.degreenameDoctor of Philosophyen
local.contributor.grantorUniversity of New Englanden
local.profile.schoolSchool of Artsen
local.profile.schoolSchool of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciencesen
local.profile.emaillgong@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emaildwillia7@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emailpadams3@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emailmsharkey@une.edu.auen
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local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
local.identifier.epublicationsrecordune_thesis-20080930-094051en
local.title.subtitleA Comparative Study of the Chinese and Australian Press Representations of Olympic-Related Activities, 1990-2004en
local.access.fulltextYesen
local.contributor.lastnameGongen
local.contributor.lastnameWilliamsonen
local.contributor.lastnameAdamsen
local.contributor.lastnameSharkeyen
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local.title.maintitleConvergence and Divergenceen
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