Television, Regulation and Civil Society in Asia / Edition 1

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This highly topical book exposes the tensions between state policies of broadcasting regulation and practices of civil society in the Asian region which is struggling with its incorporation into a new globalised, electronic information and entertainment world. Kitley critically compares Western principles of broadcasting, civil society and cultural regulation with alternative 'Asian' practices of regulation and organisation. Over the past forty years Asian states have used television as a normative cultural force in nation building, but more recently many states have deregulated their television sectors and introduced national commercial and international satellite services. As Asian states wrestle with a perceived loss of cultural control and identity through deregulation, this book considers their viewpoints and the question of whether the television public sphere offers space for the representation of popular sovereignty, and transversal concerns about human rights, press freedom, gender, environmental and world trade issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415297332
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/30/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Kitley is Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Southern Queensland. He has published widely on media and culture in Indonesia.

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Table of Contents

List of tables
Notes on contributors
Pt. I Overview 1
Introduction: first principles - television, regulation and transversal civil society in Asia 3
Profiles: national television systems in Asia and Australia 35
Pt. II Regulation and transversal civil society in Southeast Asia and Australia 59
1 Television, media reform and civil society in 'Amazing Thailand' 61
2 Out in front: government regulation of television in Malaysia 80
3 Civil society in charge?: television and the public sphere in Indonesia after Reformasi 97
4 Civic or civil contingencies?: regulating television and society in Singapore 115
5 Out of reach: television, the public sphere and civil society in the Philippines 131
6 Television, regulation and citizenship in Australia 148
Pt. III Regulation and transversal civil society in Northeast Asia 167
7 Civil society, regulatory space and cultural authority in China's television industry 169
8 Television in the formation of civil society: the role of a non-controversial public space in Hong Kong 188
9 Sliding back the screens: civil society and the erosion of bureaucratic control of television in Japan 205
10 Civil society as the fifth estate: civil society, media reform and democracy in Korea 226
Pt. IV Beyond the nation: satellite television 247
11 National sovereignty in an age of transnational television: an endnote on media regulation and civil society in Asia 249
Index 261
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