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The Production of Leisure: Understanding the Social Function of Football Development in China (2020)
Journal Article
Sullivan, J., & Hesketh, C. (in press). The Production of Leisure: Understanding the Social Function of Football Development in China. Globalizations,

In this article, we utilise the social theories of Antonio Gramsci and Henri Lefebvre to explore the role that leisure activities such as football play within contemporary China in relation to issues of class. We argue that the recent promotion of fo... Read More about The Production of Leisure: Understanding the Social Function of Football Development in China.

China’s Football Dream: Sport, Citizenship, Symbolic Power, and Civic Spaces (2019)
Journal Article
Sullivan, J., Chadwick, S., & Gow, M. (2019). China’s Football Dream: Sport, Citizenship, Symbolic Power, and Civic Spaces. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 43(6), 493-514. https://doi.org/10.1177/0193723519867588

This article examines the mobilization of football in relation to Chinese state-building projects. Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of “symbolic power” is applied to frame policy analysis of China’s 2016-2050 National Football Plan and narrative analysis of... Read More about China’s Football Dream: Sport, Citizenship, Symbolic Power, and Civic Spaces.

The co-evolution of media and politics in Taiwan: implications for political communications (2019)
Journal Article
Sullivan, J. (2019). The co-evolution of media and politics in Taiwan: implications for political communications. International Journal of Taiwan Studies, 2(1), doi:10.1163/24688800-00201005

Over the course of democratisation, Taiwan’s communications environment has experienced significant changes. Liberalisation and commercialisation of the media, and the emergence and popularisation of digital, have substantially altered the informatio... Read More about The co-evolution of media and politics in Taiwan: implications for political communications.

Truth, Good and Beauty: The Politics of Celebrity in China (2018)
Journal Article
Sullivan, J., & Kehoe, S. (2019). Truth, Good and Beauty: The Politics of Celebrity in China. China Quarterly, 237, 241-256. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305741018001285

A visit to a Chinese city of any size—looking up at downtown billboards, riding public transport, shopping at a mall—is to be in the presence of a Chinese celebrity endorsing a product, lifestyle or other symbols of “the good life”. Celebrity in Chin... Read More about Truth, Good and Beauty: The Politics of Celebrity in China.

Contextualizing Chinese migrations to Africa (2018)
Journal Article
Sullivan, J., & Cheng, J. (2018). Contextualizing Chinese migrations to Africa. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 53(8), 1173-1187. doi:10.1177/0021909618776443

Who are ‘the Chinese’ in Africa? Why are they there? As China’s engagement with African countries intensifies, and the size of the Chinese population in Africa increases, these questions have elicited substantial attention. Many attempts to provide a... Read More about Contextualizing Chinese migrations to Africa.

China scholars and the media: improving an awkward, important relationship (2014)
Journal Article
Sullivan, J. (2014). China scholars and the media: improving an awkward, important relationship. China Quarterly, 220, (1111-1122). doi:10.1017/S0305741014001477. ISSN 0305-7410

Public interest in China, as reflected in the level of media attention, is burgeoning in the West and elsewhere in the world. This interest is driven by China's increasing presence and importance in the lives of people around the world; and for the s... Read More about China scholars and the media: improving an awkward, important relationship.

Examining "The end of revolution": a foretaste of Wang Hui’s thought (2014)
Journal Article
Horesh, N., & Sullivan, J. (2014). Examining "The end of revolution": a foretaste of Wang Hui’s thought. China Report, 50(2), doi:10.1177/0009445514523647

Wang Hui is a significant contemporary Chinese thinker and a key representative of Chinese New Left thought. This article provides a critical review of some of the themes that emerge from Wang’s The End of Revolution as a means of situating his posit... Read More about Examining "The end of revolution": a foretaste of Wang Hui’s thought.

Technology, creativity and the media in engineering China’s future (2014)
Journal Article
Sullivan, J. (2014). Technology, creativity and the media in engineering China’s future. New Media and Society, 16(3), doi:10.1177/1461444813519408

Political, economic and intellectual elites in China have for some time been in the grip of ‘futurology’ as they reflect on thirty years’ of extraordinary economic development and ask ‘what next’? China has a dream, in fact it has many visions of wha... Read More about Technology, creativity and the media in engineering China’s future.

Is my rival’s rival a friend? Popular third-party perceptions of territorial disputes in East Asia (2014)
Journal Article
Horesh, N., Kim, H. J., Mauch, P., & Sullivan, J. (2014). Is my rival’s rival a friend? Popular third-party perceptions of territorial disputes in East Asia

This article examines how China's rise and increasing tensions with Japan are portrayed by South Korean bloggers. The deterioration in relations between China and Japan over the last two years generally projects onto the ways and means by which China... Read More about Is my rival’s rival a friend? Popular third-party perceptions of territorial disputes in East Asia.

China’s Weibo: is faster different? (2013)
Journal Article
Sullivan, J. (2014). China’s Weibo: is faster different?. New Media and Society, 16(1), doi:10.1177/1461444812472966. ISSN 1461-4448

The popularization of microblogging in China represents a new challenge to the state’s regime of information control. The speed with which information is diffused in the microblogosphere has helped netizens to publicize and express their discontent w... Read More about China’s Weibo: is faster different?.