Three Images of “Good Citizen” during the Transformation of Modern China:

A Sociological Reflection on Press Modernity

Tsai, Po-Fang Taipei Medical University

In Chinese journalism history, Shen Bao was viewed as a crucial research object. This paper attempts to establish a cultural-critical journalism history as framework, which was launched by James W. Carey and realised in the works of Michael Schudson. With the help of this analytical framework, I scrutinise three “citizen” images located in different periods during the publication history of Shen Bao: the spectator citizen in the late Qing dynasty, the contributor citizen in the early Republican period, and the knower citizen from the 1920s to the 1930s. 

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