Can Beijing become a global media capital?

Huang, Angela Lin (2013) Can Beijing become a global media capital? In Flew, Terry (Ed.) Creative Industries and Urban Development : Creative Cities in the 21st Century. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London, NewYork, pp. 56-67.

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The commercialization of Chinese media has taken place over the past two decades; it has become a significant force since 2001 when China joined the World Trade Organisation. With demand for original content increasing and China contemplating a cultural trade deficit in media content, there is much discussion of agglomeration and clustering. Beijing, as the national media centre of China, witnesses a process of media agglomeration while bearing the problem of cultural export during the media commercialization. Michael Curtin‟s idea of media capital, which absorbs media resources and personnel and exports media products transnationally, provides a dynamic perspective of understanding media agglomeration and dispersion under different political social and cultural circumstances. Hence the question whether Beijing is going to transform into a transnational media capital is worth studying, in order to observe and comprehend China‟s media industry in transition. Drawing on Michael Curtin‟s three media capital trajectories, the paper interprets tensions and challenges generated in the process of media industry agglomeration and growth in Beijing. Emphasis is placed on the third trajectory, socio-cultural variation.

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Item Type: Book Chapter
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The concept of creative industries has developed considerable academic and policy momentum in the 21st century. There has been a connection identified between the rise of creative industries and the urbanisation of the world’s population, particularly in relation to the significance of cities as sites of cultural production and consumption. Much of the work on creative industries and cities, however, has drawn upon 'imagined geographies' about the relationship between creativity and place. This collection draws together contributions that critically appraise recent urban cultural policy discourses, as well as reflecting on the role of culture and creative industries in the future development of cities.

This book is based on a special issue of The Information Society: An International Journal.

1. Introduction: Creative Industries and Cities Terry Flew 2. Beyond the Inner City: Real and Imagined Places in Creative Place Policy and Practice Christy Collis, Emma Felton and Phil Graham 3. Putting inspiration on the map: Qualitative GIS for creative city research Chris Brennan-Horley, Susan Luckman, Chris Gibson, Julie Willoughby-Smith 4. Upwave Cities, Creative Cities: the Case of London John Montgomery 5. Developing a Creative Cluster in a Post-industrial City: The Creative Industries Development Service (CIDS) and Manchester Justin O’Connor and Xin Gu 6. Can Beijing become a global media capital? Angela Lin Huang 7. Creative Industries Debates in the 2000s Terry Flew and Stuart Cunningham

Editor Bio:

Terry Flew is Professor of Media and Communications at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He is the author of The Creative Industries: Culture and Policy (2012), New Media: An Introduction (2008) and Understanding Global Media (2007), and is a leading international figure in creative industries research. From 2008-2010 he led an Austrlaian Research Council project into creative industries and suburban development. During 2011-2012, he headed a review of media classification for the Australian Federal government.


Urban Geography
Cities & Infrastructure (Urban Studies)
Urban Development
Economic Geography
Urban Cultures
Development Geography
Urban Economics
Cultural Geography
Urban Policy
Population Geography
Cities & Infrastructure

Keywords: Chinese Media Industries, Media Capital, Beijing, Clusters
ISBN: 9780415516808
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 28 Aug 2012 23:06
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2016 23:43

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