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Communicating risk and protection: advertising discourse of young children’s healthcare products and parental reception in China

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posted on 2016-04-05, 08:45 authored by Qian Gong
This article analyses the representation and reception of the advertising of children’s healthcare products in Chinese television. It engages with the concept of risk to analyse the representation of a coherent narrative of young children’s health-related risks comprising messages of environment, nature, nutrition and science. Within the narrative, interconnected risks – risks of everyday living, risks of environment pollution, risk of malnutrition – as well as a wider discourse of ‘risk and protection’ are constructed. This article also analyses parents’ reception of the discourse and their responses to perceived and real health risks contextualised in a neoliberal system marked by medicalised children’s healthcare and ‘truncated’ civic rights in China. This article argues that these institutional conditions reinforce the risk-centred narrative which invokes heightened parental uncertainties and anxieties about childrearing as part of the modern cultural experiences in China.

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European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2016, 1367549416656859

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Media and Communication

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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European Journal of Cultural Studies

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SAGE Publications

issn

1367-5494

eissn

1460-3551

Acceptance date

2016-03-04

Copyright date

2016

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2016-04-05

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http://ecs.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/07/14/1367549416656859.abstract

Language

en

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