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Booktitle:

Black Peril, White Fear

Representations of Violence and Race in South Africa's English Press, 1976-2002, and Their Influence on Public Opinion

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (2015-04-29 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-659-69255-0

ISBN-10:
3659692557
EAN:
9783659692550
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
This is an attempt at uncovering to which extent and in what way the reporting on violence in South Africa's English language press between 1976 and 2002 has influenced white South Africans' views of their country. Throughout the period under investigation, newspapers approached violence with racial concepts in mind. Their (largely white) in-group and the (mainly black) out-group were shown to be facing each other from opposite ends of the good-bad spectrum, and the concept of violence was lexicalised accordingly. My research confirmed that white South Africans' attitudes towards violence display a striking resemblance to this view. This suggests that the newspapers did more than inform their readers about the world. Their choice of subjects frequently influenced how South Africans defined violence and their way of approaching these subjects was important in constituting the public's view of them. It is therefore beyond doubt that the English language press helped to structure and limit people's interpretive frameworks. They worked to define what was seen as violence and provided the language to describe the individual incidents. They constituted reality; made history so to speak.
Publishing house:
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Website:
https://www.lap-publishing.com/
By (author) :
Christine Ullmann
Number of pages:
412
Published at:
2015-04-29
Stock:
Available
Category:
Media sciences
Price:
98.90 €
Keywords:
South Africa, media anthropology, media analysis, Semiotics, Violence, visual anthropology

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