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Starring Mandela and CosbyMedia and the End(s) of Apartheid$
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Ron Krabill

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226451886

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226451909.001.0001

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Structured Absences and Communicative Spaces

Structured Absences and Communicative Spaces

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(p.17) Chapter One Structured Absences and Communicative Spaces
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Starring Mandela and Cosby
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226451909.003.0002

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

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