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Title:Shooting the East/Veils and Masks: Uncovering Orientalism in South African Media
Author:Baderoon, Gabeba
Year:2002
Periodical:African and Asian Studies
Volume:1
Issue:4
Pages:367-384
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Ethnic and Race Relations
media
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/156921002X00079
Abstract:In this essay the author analyzes a series of South African newspaper articles on a Cape Town-based group called Pagad (People against Gangsterism and Drugs). The essay draws upon a larger study of the images of Islam in the South African media and reveals that both the Pagad and the media make use of regressive discourses about Islam. The author finds traces in the media of what Edward Said has referred to as Orientalism. Through the Pagad stories, Muslims in South Africa are treated by the media with an extremely constricted vocabulary which gives little of the suppleness needed to distinguish between Muslims, and the violence enacted in the name of Islam. The answer to the problem of stereotypical and racist representations in the media lies for Baderoon in people reading critically, insisting on complexity, claiming the right to ethical journalistic practices, establishing media with varied ownership, providing alternative visions, and inserting repressed histories into the media.[Abstract journal]
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