Taming the Paradox Between Facts and Control: Media Discourses on Natural Disasters in Chinese Media

  • Weimin ZhangEmail author
  • Peter C. Pugsley
Part of the Encounters between East and West book series (EEWIP)


Using discourse-historical approach, this study examines how the natural disaster information is framed in Chinese media. It presents a cross-section on how the diachronically transforming Chinese culture both produces the paradox concerned with the representation of the facts about the natural disasters and the intentionality to control it as demanded in the discursive power relations. Setting in the framework of discursive power and the control of the meaning production, this study explores the nuanced process whereby disaster information, dominant culture and the social power negotiate in representing the negative facts in natural disaster events. The findings indicate that the paradox between information transparency and the control of it is discursively balanced by closely engaging with cultural resources and finally dissolved in the transformed cultural context in contemporary China.


Chinese media Foucault Discursive power Natural disaster Tiandao 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lanzhou UniversityLanzhouChina
  2. 2.The University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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