SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Dr Kevin Latham

BA (Oxon); MA, PhD (London)
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Kevin Latham
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

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Dr Kevin Latham
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Anthropology of Media, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, postmodernism and poststructuralist theory, Chinese philosophy.  Dr Kevin Latham is also a visiting professor at Beijing City University.



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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  • East Asia
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  • China
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Authored Books

Latham, Kevin (2007) Pop Culture China! Media, Arts and Lifestyle. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio.


Latham, Kevin (2020) 'Dislocating contested space: resource competition, cultural technologies and migrant space in Milan’s Chinatown.'. Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, (28) 4, pp 944-960.

Latham, Kevin (2016) 'Western China, Popular Culture, and the Ambiguous Centrality of the Periphery'. Occasion, (10), pp 1-16.

Latham, Kevin (2012) 'Unimagined China: Media, Technologies and the Fragmentation of National Olympic Audiences'. International Journal of the History of Sport, (29) 17, pp 2311-2325.

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.

Edited Books or Journals

Martinez, Dolores and Latham, Kevin, (eds.), (2010) Documenting the Beijing Olympics. London: Routledge. (Sport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives).

Latham, Kevin and Thompson, Stuart and Klein, Jakob A., (eds.), (2006) Consuming China: approaches to cultural change in contemporary China. London; New York: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Latham, Kevin (2016) 'Differentiating Cynicisms: Irony, cynicism and new media in contemporary China'. In: Steinmüller, Hans and Brandtstädter, Susanne, (eds.), Irony, Cynicism and the Chinese State. London: Routledge, pp 155-173.

Latham, Kevin (2015) 'Media and discourses of Chinese integration in Prato, Italy'. In: Baldassar, Loretta and Johanson, Graeme and McAuliffe, Narelle and Bressan, Massimo, (eds.), Chinese Migration to Europe: Prato, Italy and Beyond.. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 139-158.

Wu, Bin and Latham, Kevin (2014) 'Migration from China to the EU: The Challenge within Europe'. In: Brown, Kerry, (ed.), China and the EU in Context: Insights for Business and Investors. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 303-327.

Latham, Kevin (2013) 'New Media and Subjectivity in China: Problematizing the Public Sphere'. In: Defraigne, Pierre and Florence, Eric, (eds.), Towards a New Development Paradigm in Twenty-First Century China. Oxon; New York: Routledge, pp 203-217.

Latham, Kevin (2012) 'Unimagined China: Media, Technologies and the Fragmentation of National Olympic Audiences'. In: Mangan, James A. and Luo, Qing and Collins, Sandra, (eds.), The Triple Asian Olympics Asia Ascendant : Media, Politics, Geopolitics. New York: Routledge.

Latham, Kevin (2012) 'Consumption and Leisure'. In: Tay, William S. and So, Alvin Y., (eds.), Handbook of Contemporary China. New Jersey: World Scientific, pp 437-454.

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. Abingdon: Routledge.

Latham, Kevin (2006) 'Powers of Imagination: The Role of the Consumer in China's Silent Media Revolution'. In: Latham, Kevin and Thompson, Stuart and Klein, Jakob A., (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.


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