• Shubo Li
Part of the Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies book series (PSAPS)


Chapter 1 explains the necessity of examining China–Africa affairs through the lenses of media and communication studies. Using the concept of “mediatization,” it argues how a better knowledge of the role of media and communication in constructing social and cultural realities around the issue of “China in Africa” can illuminate the process by which media involvement and media evolvement serve to shape, reinforce, refute or challenge public understanding of the concept. The various aspects of mediatized China–Africa relations are examined under the new category “China–Africa Communication.” Four levels of analysis are used throughout the project: (1) media engagement as a diplomatic instrument; (2) media involvement as an organizational mechanism; (3) media and telecommunication technologies as means of societal transformation; (4) media as a space of shared experience and a space for a wider conversation in the global communication arena. It introduces how the project will coalesce African, Chinese and Western perspectives, as well as how consolidating sociological analysis and international relation studies with media research enables a better understanding of the impact that mediatized communication has on the shifting of the global order and on the unfolding of China–Africa relations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shubo Li
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI)BergenNorway
  2. 2.Department of Media and CommunicationUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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