Honors Theses

Date of Award

Fall 5-2-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Croft Institute for International Studies

First Advisor

Joshua Howard

Second Advisor

William Schenck

Third Advisor

Gang Guo

Relational Format

N/A

Abstract

Due to China’s geographic and human-exacerbated water scarcity, government leaders have turned to the South to North Water Diversion Project (SNWDP) in order to ensure a reliable source of water for the country’s increasingly parched Northern cities and townships. This thesis examines this inter-basin water transfer project (soon to be the world’s largest) through the lens of how government actors have framed the project. This official framing analysis is presented in tandem with citizen perceptions observed through online commentary in order to evaluate how effective such framing has been. Through such analysis, this research observes a pattern of nationalism and utilitarianism within state framing which is largely echoed in citizen commentary.

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