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Title:Special issue: Consumption, media and culture in South Africa: perspectives on freedom and the public
Editors:Iqani, Mehita
Kenny, BridgetISNI
Periodical:Critical Arts: A Journal of Media Studies (ISSN 1992-6049)
City of publisher:Abingdon
Geographic term:South Africa
middle class
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcrc20/29/2
Abstract:In November 2012, the newly established Critical Research in Consumer Culture (CRiCC) network hosted a two-day symposium at the University of the Witwatersrand titled 'Consumer Practices, Media and Landscapes in South Africa: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives'. The symposium examined and critically questioned the so-called rise of consumerism in South Africa after the demise of apartheid. This special issue emerges from that symposium and the ongoing seminars of the CRiCC network, but also further develops this work to make an argument for the importance of 'critical consumption studies' as a pressing field of research in South Africa. Contributions: Critical consumption studies in South Africa: roots and routes (Editorial by Mehita Iqani, Bridget Kenny); Chewing on Japan: consumption, diplomacy and Kenny Kunene's 'nyotaimori' scandal (Cobus van Staden);Agency and affordability: being black and 'middle class' in South Africa in 1989 (Mehita Iqani); Sartorial excess in Mary Sibande's 'Sophie' (Mary Corrigall); Queer skin, straight masks: same-sex weddings and the discursive construction of identities and affects on a South African website (Tommaso M. Milani, Brandon Wolff); The promise of happiness: desire, attachment and freedom in post/apartheid South Africa (Danai Mupotsa); Retail, the service worker and the polity: attaching labour and consumption (Bridget Kenny); Contradictions in consumer credit: innovations in South African super-exploitation (Patrick Bond); Trading in freedom: rethinking conspicuous consumption in post-apartheid political economy (Ulrike Kistner). [ASC Leiden abstract]