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Textual analysis of selected articles from "The Thinker" magazine (2010-2016)

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dc.contributor.advisor Karam, B. S.
dc.contributor.advisor Mukhudwana, R. F.
dc.contributor.author Lechaba, Leshaba Tony
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-04T09:18:52Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-04T09:18:52Z
dc.date.issued 2019-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/26314
dc.description.abstract This study investigates the representation of post-apartheid discourses and decolonial messages of The Thinker magazine. It further examines how the magazine in question confronts and negotiates the aftermath of apartheid and coloniality. Particularly, the nature of these discourses and narratives in the context of a new dispensation in South Africa. South Africa experienced the brunt of apartheid and it is currently still grappling with the condition of coloniality. The latter manifests itself into the dimensions of power, knowledge and being. For this reason, a de-linking option from coloniality and apartheid becomes imperative if a new consciousness, liberatory trajectory and social justice are to be attained. Accordingly, the study sought to determine whether African Renaissance could be used as a de-linking tool/option. Taking into account The Thinker‘s messages from the year 2010 to 2016, the study examines whether the magazine promotes a decolonisation narrative. The study sought to provide a contribution to knowledge insofar as discourses of decoloniality and social justice in South Africa are concerned. The study employs a cultural studies lens, in particular, the principle of radical contextualism and Steward Hall’s model of articulation. Cultural studies was used because of its transdisciplinary/interdisciplinary and flexible approach to social phenomenon under study. A mixed-methods approach in the form of a sequential transformative design was employed, however, the qualitative aspect (thematic analysis) was prioritised as dictated by the research question and objectives. It was proven in this study that quantitative elements can be applied successfully within a decolonial inquiry. Hence, the methodological contribution of the study in that regard. The study found that The Thinker highlights the continuation of the atrocities of coloniality and apartheid in post-apartheid South Africa. It is thus suggested by the text that a decolonial trajectory and thinking is needed given the aftermath of apartheid and the condition of coloniality. Furthermore, African Renaissance can be used to reaffirm and repudiate the dominant discourses of coloniality and apartheid if employed authentically by its proponents. However, the text points out the challenges that may hinder the processes of decolonization and liberation such as the self-serving and corrupt leadership that perpetuate the status quo at the expense of the interests of the people. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (v, 217 pages)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Afrocentricity en
dc.subject African Renaissance en
dc.subject Apartheid en
dc.subject Articulation en
dc.subject Colonialism en
dc.subject Coloniality en
dc.subject Decoloniality en
dc.subject Decolonial turn en
dc.subject De-linking en
dc.subject Ubuntu en
dc.subject.ddc 801.959
dc.subject.lcsh Criticism, Textual en
dc.subject.lcsh Discourse analysis en
dc.title Textual analysis of selected articles from "The Thinker" magazine (2010-2016) en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Communication Science en
dc.description.degree M.A. (Communication)


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