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Title:The World is Made by Talk: Female Youth Culture, Pop Music Consumption, and Mass-Mediated Forms of Sociality in Urban Mali
Author:Schulz, Dorothea E.ISNI
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Geographic term:Mali
popular music
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Architecture and the Arts
Urbanization and Migration
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Cultural Roles
mass media
Women and Their Children
External link:https://doi.org/10.4000/etudesafricaines.167
Abstract:The article combines an interpretation of female adolescents' fan practices with an exploration of new forms of 'coming together' made possible by the creation of local radio stations in urban Mali. To understand girls' admiration for Malian women singers who have become acclaimed stars in national and international arenas, the article explores their fan practices by reference to their current predicaments of 'postponed becoming' a full-grown member of the adult world. Girls' fan practices shed light on the historically specific possibilities of mimetic appropriation, such as imagination made possible by new media, but also its limitations in the current era of global capitalism. Their consumption of pop music takes place in new, 'intimate' publics that are constituted by listeners' debates and their experiences of 'being touched' by the singer's voice. Music and talk programmes on local radio create a realm of public and localized intimacy based on a community of common taste. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]