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title:
Popular media, democracy and development in Africa
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2011
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London; New York
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xiii, 288 p.
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illustr., tables, index
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"When the relation between media and democracy is examined, the researchers normally focus on news media, media policy and a normative framework of journalism. But as Wasserman et al illustrate, even popular media play an important role in democratic culture, provide sites of resistance, but can lead as well to depolitization. The editor did not prescribe a theoretical approach to the authors to demonstrate the contested nature of the topic. Therefore, a wide variety of positions is presented. Critical examinations like Louws' categorization of popular media as a soft power of cultural imperialism and Americanization of local culture (ch. 2) contrasts with more ethnographic approaches on how popular media formats are adapted to form new political identities and counter-hegemonic discourse, like the influence of women magazines on cultural citizenship in chapter 11, and the description of posters (ch.7) or popular music (ch.6) as sources of information on politics and society. Especially fruitful is the conceptionalization of talk radios or tabloids as vehicles to bridge the gap between an elitist Habermas' public sphere, presented by formal news media, and the radio trottoir to promote an inclusion in social discourse and processes." (CAMECO-DD)
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