Neoliberalism and authoritarian media cultures: a Vietnamese perspective

Khanh Nguyen*, Sean Phelan, Elizabeth Gray

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This study asks how the concept of neoliberalism can be adapted to a critical analysis of authoritarian political and media cultures that cannot be adequately understood through the Western-centric narratives that dominate the literature on neoliberalism. We examine the case of Vietnam, a country where the relationship between the media system and the political system is defined primarily by the power of the party-state autocracy. We explore the extent to which neoliberalism is a useful theoretical category for grasping the relationship between state, market, and civil society actors in Vietnam, especially as it relates to the media system. Supported by an analysis of how Vietnamese news media cover healthcare and education for people with autism, we conclude by extrapolating three theoretical-methodological guidelines that will be useful to researchers examining the relationship between neoliberalism and authoritarian political and media cultures in different countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalMedia, Culture & Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/
or publication of this article: The first author received a doctoral study scholarship from Massey
University to conduct doctoral research, some of which has been adapted as part of this article.

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