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Title:Antjie Krog and the accumulation of 'media meta-capital'
Author:Garman, AntheaISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa
Volume:19
Issue:2
Pages:1-23
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:women writers
mass media
About person:Anna Elizabeth Krog (1952-)ISNI
Abstract:While South African writer Antjie Krog's significant body of work in poetry, prose and journalism is undoubtedly central in her trajectory towards international renown, this essay explores the dynamics of her 'meteoric rise in status', focusing on the role of the news media. The author uses a mix of media theory and field theory to illuminate the multifaceted and complex relationship Krog has had with the news media. Applying Bourdieu's conception of field theory with its focus on the key terms 'entry', 'emergence', 'consecration', and 'transition', the author highlights three moments in Krog's public life which illuminate the reiterative, mutually reinforcing relationship between Krog and the news media. This double-sided relationship is characterized, on the one hand, by the media's particular treatment of Krog as a newsmaker, on the other hand by her use of and involvement in the media both as a journalist and agenda-setter. The author argues that Krog's acquisition of 'media meta-capital' over a period of about 30 years has played a significant role in her attainment of a unique voice and speaking platform in a postapartheid, public domain in which few white voices, and especially Afrikaner ones, are being heard. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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