Media, civil society, and the rise of a green public sphere in China

Guobin Yang, Craig Calhoun

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Direct citizen voices are relatively absent from China's public arena and seldom influence government policymaking. In early 2004, however, public controversies surrounding dam building on the Nu River prompted the Chinese government to halt the proposed hydropower project. The occurrence of such public debates indicates the rise of a green public sphere of critical environmental discourse. Environmental nongovernmental organizations play a central role in producing this critical discourse. Mass media, the internet, and "alternative media" are the main channels of communication. The emergence of a green public sphere demonstrates the new dynamism of grass-roots political change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-236
Number of pages26
JournalChina Information
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Civil society
  • Environment
  • Green public sphere
  • Internet
  • Media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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