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Title:Media, race and capital: a decolonial analysis of representation of miners' strikes in South Africa
Author:Chiumbu, SarahISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:African Studies (ISSN 1469-2872)
Volume:75
Issue:3
Pages:417-435
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:press
strikes
miners
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020184.2016.1193377
Abstract:This article explores media representation of a strike at Lonmin Platinum Mine in Marikana in August 2012, in which the police gunned down 34 miners. Data was collected from randomly selected articles from South African English-language print media. The author's main argument is that the South African print media provided coverage of the strike that privileged mining interests and generally ignored the concerns and voices of the miners. Using a combination of decolonial and neo-Marxist critical political economy of the media theoretical approaches, the author suggests the media in South Africa operates in a global 'colonial matrix of power' that (re)produce dominant discourses and ideologies that favour elite interests. The article concludes with some remarks on the need for media in South Africa to adopt a different ethical and normative framework that gives voice to silenced and marginalised voices. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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