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Title:'In Pursuit of Publicity': Talk Radio and the Imagination of a Moral Public in Urban Mali
Author:Schulz, Dorothea E.ISNI
Year:1999
Periodical:Afrika Spectrum
Volume:34
Issue:2
Pages:161-185
Language:English
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:radio
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:The article explores the forms and contents of public communication made possible by local radio stations which have been mushrooming in various towns of Mali since 1992. As a case study about communication in a specific geographical area in southeastern Mali, viz. the town of San, the article contributes to the ongoing discussion on how mass media affect and facilitate the formation of new communal identities in an increasingly globalized media world. As they broadcast local languages and folklore, local radio stations facilitate a process in the course of which listeners come to see themselves as members of a new community that shares language, musical taste and moral judgement. Radio speakers become emblematic figures of these imagined communities. They evoke the audience of listeners as a public of common morals by addressing issues of general interest. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English, French and German.
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