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South African and Flemish soap opera : a critical whiteness studies perspective

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dc.contributor.advisor Milton, V C
dc.contributor.advisor Dhoest, A Knoetze, Hannelie Marx 2016-06-06T12:19:30Z 2016-06-06T12:19:30Z 2015-11
dc.identifier.citation Knoetze, Hannelie Marx (2015) South African and Flemish soap opera, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The main goal of this thesis was an investigation into the ways in which whiteness is constructed and positioned in the South African soap opera, 7de Laan, and the Flemish soap opera, Thuis, with the emphasis on the possible implications of these constructions for local as well as global discourses on whiteness in the media. In conjunction with the above, this thesis endeavoured to answer a number of subquestions relating to the origin and history of the construct of “whiteness” and Critical Whiteness Studies (CWS) as a theoretical approach and its relevance in the South African and Flemish contexts, specifically as it pertains to the analysis of mass media texts like 7de Laan and Thuis. It, moreover, sought to explore if and how whiteness functions as an organising principle in the narratives and representations of these soap operas with the emphasis on potential similarities, differences and the kinds of whiteness constructed in these texts. Finally, the goal was to draw conclusions on the possible implications of these differences and similarities in the wider context of the way in which whiteness functions in the media. To that end I conducted a controlled case comparison of a sample from these two community soap opera texts, which was informed by a literature review and deep description of each context as part of the qualitative approach I chose to take. Despite a number of similarities between the two contexts, they still differ significantly, and this afforded me an opportunity to highlight both the consistencies and particularities in the ideological patterning of representations of whiteness, across seemingly unrelated domains, to illustrate its pervasiveness. Added to the emergence of three shared rhetorical devices perpetuating whiteness in both texts, I was also able to draw conclusions about the unique way in which whiteness functions in 7de Laan in particular, since South Africa remains the primary context of the study. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (325 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Critical Whiteness studies en
dc.subject Cultural studies en
dc.subject Public Service Broadcasting en
dc.subject Television en
dc.subject Soap opera en
dc.subject Whiteness en
dc.subject Identity en
dc.subject National identity en
dc.subject Diversity en
dc.subject Rrepresentation en
dc.subject Comparative study en
dc.subject Imagined community en
dc.subject Indigenisation en
dc.subject South Africa en
dc.subject Flanders en
dc.subject.ddc 791.446
dc.subject.lcsh 7de Laan (Television program)
dc.subject.lcsh Television soap operas -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Television soap operas -- Flanders
dc.subject.lcsh Whites in opera
dc.subject.lcsh Television soap operas -- Social aspects -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Television soap operas -- Political aspects -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Television soap operas
dc.title South African and Flemish soap opera : a critical whiteness studies perspective en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Communication Science en D. Litt. et Phil. (Communication)

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