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Structured Absences and Communicative Spaces

in Starring Mandela and Cosby

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226451886
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226451909 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226451909.003.0002
Structured Absences and Communicative Spaces

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This chapter explores the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of the research through three concepts that recurs throughout the book: hegemony, structured absence, and communicative space. It looks at the ways in which television as a medium is uniquely able to provide a shared communicative space across various social divisions, thereby becoming a site in which the structured absence of Black South Africans from the social and political life of the nation was first reimagined. It also outlines the methodological approach of the book, utilizing more than 100 ethnographic interviews conducted over several years while triangulating evidence from those interviews with archival and market-driven ratings research.

Keywords: hegemony; structured absence; communicative space; television; Black South Africans

Chapter.  7433 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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