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The end of apartheid brought South Africa into the global media environment. Outside companies invested in the nation's newspapers while South African conglomerates pursued lucrative tech ventures and communication markets around the world. Many observers viewed the rapid development of South African media as a roadmap from authoritarianism to global modernity. Herman Wasserman analyzes the debates surrounding South Africa's new media presence against the backdrop of rapidly changing geopolitics. His exploration reveals how South African disputes regarding access to, and representation in, the media reflect the domination and inequality in the global communication sphere. Optimists see post-apartheid media as providing a vital space that encourages exchanges of opinion in a young democracy. Critics argue the public sphere mirrors South Africa's past divisions and privileges the viewpoints of the elite. Wasserman delves into the ways these simplistic narratives obscure the country's internal tensions, conflicts, and paradoxes even as he charts the diverse nature of South African entry into the global arena.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. PART 1: TRANSITIONS
  1. 1. From Apartheid to a New Democracy: Areas of Shift
  2. pp. 17-46
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  1. 2. “This Time for Africa”? Global Media Studies and the View from the South
  2. pp. 47-57
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  1. 3. A Changing Media Culture: Professional Ideologies between Past and Present
  2. pp. 58-76
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  1. PART II: LOCAL CONTESTATIONS
  1. 4. Is This Freedom? Media Ethics, “African Culture,” and Universal Values
  2. pp. 79-96
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  1. 5. Global Genres and Local Context: What Controversies around Tabloidization Tell Us about South African Media and Society
  2. pp. 97-111
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  1. 6. Rethinking Global and Local: South African Perspectives on the “Future of Journalism”
  2. pp. 112-132
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  1. PART III: GLOBAL SHIFTS
  1. 7. BRICS and Beyond: Mediating New Geopolitical Relationships
  2. pp. 135-151
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  1. 8. New Pressures and Opportunities: Technology, Geopolitics, and Social Change
  2. pp. 152-166
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 167-172
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 173-190
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  1. References
  2. pp. 191-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-218
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 219-222
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252050282
Related ISBN
9780252041624
MARC Record
OCLC
1028194401
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2018-03-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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