BROADCASTING DEMOCRACY, radio and identity in South Africa

: Bosch (T.)

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176pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2017


"Tanja Bosch's new book is an important addition to the literature. It tackles the under-researched medium of radio, demonstrating how public, community and commercial stations in South Africa contribute to identity formation and to the public sphere in distinct but related ways. Both scholarly and readable, the work is essential reading for anybody wanting to understand South Africa's unique media landscape and still new democracy." Franz Kruger, Professor of Journalism and Director of the Wits Radio Academy

"Radio is Africa's most ubiquitous medium. South Africa's race-space relations were footprinted during apartheid by transmission technology, therefore making sense of radio helps to make sense of the post-apartheid condition. Talk radio is part of the ideological topography. This engaging study addresses contemporary issues in historical context." Keyan Tomaselli, Distinguished Professor, University of Johannesburg and Professor Emeritus and Fellow, University of KwaZulu-Natal

"This is an emphatic, engaging, well-grounded and richly argued study of the centrality of radio in claims and contestations that pertain to identity and democracy in South Africa post-apartheid." Francis Nyamnjoh, author of "Africa's Media, Democracy and the Politics of Belonging"

Tanja Bosch is Associate Professor of Media Studies and Production at the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town. She is a former station manager of Bush Radio community radio.