Power, politics and identity in South African media: selected seminar papers

OUTPUT TYPE: Monograph (Book)
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2008
TITLE EDITOR(S): A.Hadland, E.Louw, S.Sesanti, H.Wasserman
KEYWORDS: IDENTITY, MEDIA SECTOR, POLITICS, POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
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Abstract

South Africa offers a rich context for the study of the interrelationship between the media and identity. The essays collected here explore the many diverse elements of this interconnection, and give fresh focus to topics that scholarship has tended to overlook, such as the pervasive impact of tabloid newspapers. Interrogating contemporary theory, the authors shed new light on how identities are constructed through the media, and provide case studies that illustrate the complex process of identity renegotiation taking place currently in post-apartheid South Africa. The contributors include established scholars as well as many new voices. Collectively, they represent some of South Africa's finest media analysts pooling skills to grapple with one of the country's most vexing issues: who are we? For teachers, students and anyone else interested in questions of media, race, power and gender, as well as the manner in which new identities are created and old ones mutate, much of interest will be found within the contributions to this important collection.