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Title:Cultural economy in post-transitional South Africa
Editors:Narunsky-Laden, SonjaISNI
Glenn, IanISNI
Periodical:Critical Arts: A Journal of Media Studies (ISSN 0256-0046)
Geographic term:South Africa
media and communication studies
popular culture
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcrc20/24/1
Abstract:This themed issue advances the view that despite the history of oppression and inequality in South Africa, an exploitation-centred, political economy approach to the South African economy and political power can no longer provide a full account of the intricacies entailed in procedures of social reorganization in posttransitional South Africa. The issue suggests new ways in which an orientation toward a cultural rather than strictly political economy begins to shed light on corporate cultural practices as resources for newly emergent transformative practices. The issue begins with Ian Glenn's hitherto unpublished contribution, 'The lost Bourdieu interview', conducted in 1981. Keyan G. Tomaselli and Arnold Shepperson question academic practice and the fads which dominate the 'post-LitCrit paradigm' in the humanities. Loren Kruger points out the critical function of recent productions of television drama, such as 'Gaz'lam' and 'The Lab', vis--vis earlier anticapitalist televised narratives of the apartheid era. Michael Tager describes how the longest-running soap opera in South Africa, 'Generations', functions as both a barometer and a vehicle of constancy and change in the country. Leora Farber engages with the field of fashion design, considering in particular how three South African designers constitute agencies of sociocultural change. Finally, a short commentary by Patrick Lynn Rivers discusses academic managerialism in art and design education in the US. [ASC Leiden abstract]