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Title:Representation and misrepresentation: San regional advocacy and the global imagery
Authors:Francis, MichaelISNI
Francis, SuzanneISNI
Periodical:Critical Arts: A Journal of Media Studies (ISSN 0256-0046)
Geographic term:Southern Africa
indigenous peoples
interest groups
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02560041003786490
Abstract:The San of southern Africa are one of the most represented peoples of this region. Internationally, they are most often depicted as a hunting-gathering people or as a people recently removed from that way of life. Organizations such as Survival International draw on these images for political advocacy and in campaigns for land rights for indigenous peoples. In southern Africa, San organizations fight for similar rights and, despite their membership being comprised of San people, the images and ideas of San-ness are dominated by the global imagery. The images and ideas of the San draw on racialized caricatures and colonial imagery that freeze San imagery into a mythologized past. The authors argue that this is a limiting factor in political advocacy that constrains the types of responses possible for aboriginal rights in Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]