Dr Kevin Latham
BA(OXON) MA PHD(LONDON)
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
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BiographyAnthropology of Media, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, postmodernism and poststructuralist theory, Chinese philosophy. Dr Kevin Latham is also a visiting professor at Beijing City University
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My recent research has been focused on Chinese media with particular attention to journalists working in newspapers and television in Guangzhou. I am also working on the importance of new media and communications technologies including the Internet and telecommunications.
In addition to my interests in media production, my earlier research on Chinese theatre (Cantonese opera in particular) dealt extensively with audiences, practices of appreciation and the production of different kinds of knowledge. Combined with my more recent media research this has also led me to work on practices of consumption, consumerism and popular culture. I am currently also developing an additional new research project looking at media use among Chinese immigrants in Italy.
My research has raised theoretical issues of knowledge, performance, consumption, governmentality and mediated citizenship. Much of my work on media has also sought to question and complicate dominant stereotypical representations of Chinese media centred around the issue of propaganda and political control.
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Latham, Kevin (2007) Pop Culture China! Media, Arts and Lifestyle. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio.
Latham, Kevin and Thompson, Stuart and Klein, Jakob A., eds. (2006) Consuming China: approaches to cultural change in contemporary China. London; New York: Routledge.
Latham, Kevin (2009) 'Media and the Limits of Cynicism in Postsocialist China.' In: West, Harry G. and Raman, Parvathi, (eds.), Enduring Socialism: Explorations of Revolution and Transformation, Restoration and Continuation. New York: Berghahn Books.
Latham, Kevin (2008) 'SMS, Communication, And Citizenship in China's Information Society.' In: Murphy, Rachel and Fong, Vanessa L., (eds.), Media, Identity, and Struggle in Twenty-First-Century China. Routledge.
Latham, Kevin (2006) 'Powers of Imagination: The Role of the Consumer in China's Silent Media Revolution.' In: Latham, K. and Thompson, S. and Klein, J., (eds.), Consuming China. Approaches to Cultural Change in Contemporary China. London: Routledge, pp. 82-103.
Latham, Kevin (2002) 'Rethinking Chinese Consumption: Social Palliatives and the Rhetorics of Transition in Postsocialist China.' In: Hann, C.M., (ed.), Postsocialism. Ideals, Ideologies and Practices in Eurasia. London; New York: Routledge, pp. 217-237.
Latham, Kevin (2009) 'Media, the Olympics and the Search for the “Real China”.' The China Quarterly, 197 . pp. 25-43.
Latham, Kevin (2007) 'SMS, Communication, and Citizenship in China's Information Society.' Critical Asian Studies, 39 (2). pp. 295-314.
Latham, Kevin (2004) 'Channel specialisation viewed from the perspective or provincial level television [in China]. (cong shengji dianshi kan pindao zhuanyehua).' South China Television Journal, vol. I . pp. 43-47.
Latham, Kevin (2000) 'Nothing but the Truth: News Media, Power and Hegemony in South China.' The China Quarterly, no. 16 . pp. 633-654.
Latham, Kevin (2000) 'Consuming Fantasies: Mediated Stardom in Hong Kong Cantonese Opera and Cinema.' Modern China, 26, no . pp. 309-347.