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Title:Media Transformation and New Practices of Citizenship: The example of Environmental Activism in Post-Apartheid Durban
Author:Barnett, Clive
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:action groups
urban environment
mass communication
Urbanization and Migration
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Politics and Government
External link:https://muse.jhu.edu/article/48780
Abstract:The author picks up Guy Berger's (2000) suggestion that the guiding question for assessing media transformation should focus on the implications of restructuring for 'the role of the media in the social distribution of power in postapartheid South Africa'. This question directs attention to the relationships between media, changing patterns of mobilization, political discourse, and new forms of political conflict and political action characteristic of postapartheid South Africa. The author develops these ideas through a discussion of the emergence of environmental activism in the communities of South Durban during the 1990s. The dynamics of this activism indicate that media restructuring in the postapartheid period has had real effects in both reshaping how politics is done, facilitating new forms of political action, and in enabling the politicization of new issues. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]