Interaction between Study and Social Agenda: A Case Study Analyzing the Publications Academic Newsletter of a Chinese Civilian Research Institute

Abstract

Public opinion is very crucial to influence policy maker's decision. Although the civilian research institutes that are consistent with the western definition of think tank and focus on social issues are always discriminated by the Chinese government, they still strive to persuade public to support their ideas by various knowledge products. This article selects a sample of typical newspapers, a series of online publications ��Academic Newsletter�� released by a civilian research institute�XThe Transition Institute, and employs content analysis and discourse analysis on them in order to reveal how the institution or its members keeping contact with the society but within a certain distance. It discovers that news reports on social issues are concerned by researchers and start to write about it. Some issues even though which are unrelated with the researcher's academic and research background, can��t be ignored because they have huge impact. Not all issues will become research matter, but some interrelated and keep appearing issues will be the research target, because these issues haven't not been resolved or improved. Some researchers also make use of news reports to disseminate their earlier findings repeatedly. There's a substantial divergence on observation and conclusions between researchers, the mass media, and public. Some propositions may change people's general cognition in consciousness, but with limited ability to communicate. Some advocacies under the constant political institution can neither be realized nor adopted by policy makers, and even become a threat to the existence of organizations.



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SiMin Li, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

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Conference: LibrAsia2015
Stream: Librarianship - Information architectures

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