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Media And Minkaohan Uyghurs: Representation, Reaction, And Resistance, Liang Zheng Jan 2011

Media And Minkaohan Uyghurs: Representation, Reaction, And Resistance, Liang Zheng

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Chinese media have seen a grand transformation since the 1980s. However, the relationship between Chinese media and its 56 ethnic minority groups is underresearched. This dissertation intends to contribute to this field by examining media and in the context of the Uyghurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim people who reside in China’s far west Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Uyghurs number nine million, and consequently this research focuses on a sub-group of them: Minkaohan, who are ethnic Uyghurs who have attended Mandarin-language schools.

This dissertation examines the post 9/11 representation of Uyghurs in Chinese state media and shows how Minkaoahan react ...


War, Masculinity And Gaming In The Military Entertainment Complex: A Case Study Of Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Kyle Kontour Jan 2011

War, Masculinity And Gaming In The Military Entertainment Complex: A Case Study Of Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Kyle Kontour

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Over the last decade, critical scholars have pointed to the acceleration of the cultural, aesthetic, technological and political economic ties between the military and entertainment industries, noting both its synergistic nature and the purported effects of militarism on an already masculinized, technophilic culture of gaming. This may have deleterious effects on society, where videogame players may be trained to think like soldiers—both in terms of combat performance and hegemonic military masculinity. Utilizing game studies methods of textual analysis and cyberethnography, and drawing on critical work concerning war and masculinity, this dissertation argues that while it is true that games ...


On The Horizon: A Cast Study Of Rural Migration In The Digital Age, Erica Goodman Jan 2011

On The Horizon: A Cast Study Of Rural Migration In The Digital Age, Erica Goodman

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Rural America is marked by distinct challenges, including a lack of economic, cultural and social opportunities. More and more, the discourse on how to address these issues has looked to expanding access to information communication technologies (ICTs). However the target for new technology--the young, educated population--is precisely the group documented as leaving America's small towns. This case study explores the migration decisions of young adults from Fort Ann, a rural community in upstate New York, and how these choices relate to ICT access and use. The knowledge gap hypothesis and digital divide theory outline the conceptualization of access, where ...