Repositioning African media studies: thoughts and provocations
Abstract:This article engages with contemporary debates on the state of media studies in Africa. It comments on the dialectic between metropolitan centres of knowledge production and dependent peripheries. A brief discussion of Fordism and post-Fordism and their implications for Africa follows. Nation-building discourses are opposed to hyper-real notions of meaning, calling on Africans to transcend their idealized understanding of culture, African values and identity as unchanging absolutes. The often alarming anti-democratic conceptual, policy and ideological shifts that occur when theories travel between different contexts are examined. Some research agendas for Africa in the postmodern age are proposed.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Publication date: May 1, 2009
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