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On blackness: the role and positionality of Black public intellectuals in Post-94 South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Mukhudwana, R. F.
dc.contributor.advisor Sithole, Tendayi Seti-Sonamzi, Vuyolwethu 2020-06-23T08:34:51Z 2020-06-23T08:34:51Z 2019-01-31
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the role and positionality of three Black public intellectuals in post-94 South Africa, namely, Simphiwe Dana, Ntsiki Mazwai and Sisonke Msimang. For the purpose of this study, I analysed the twitter postings shared by these intellectuals on various social matters that concern the condition of the Black in post-94 South Africa. Using Fanon’s Native Intellectual Consciousness as a lens, the study seeks to capture and evaluate an emergent form of ‘cyber’ activism in the country. The main argument of this thesis is that, the concept and function of intellectualism must undergo a complete overhaul, beginning with the accommodation of more voices, particularly those of oppressed Black women. For this reason, the study is based on three Black women and seeks to dismantle the colonial lens through which Black women are studied This study not only historicises Black women as producers, users and custodians of knowledge but it also situates their lived experiences as relevant ‘knowledges’ albeit ignored in discourse. Moreover, the study is not only a form of epistemic protest against epistemic racism, but it is also a form of Black positioning in communication studies. I therefore posit that, Black Twitter is the communicative plane on which blackness performs and articulates itself, for itself. For this purpose, I conceptualise Black Solidarity within Communication studies; a field that often pretends to be only marginally affected by issues of race. This study contributes to Communication Studies, a new, raw and altruistic way of studying blackness by allowing it to think, and speak through its pain as opposed to the usual pathologising white gaze. Using the decolonial concept of a traditional Imbadu as the methodological aspect in conducting this study, I observe that even in the face of debilitating colonial hangover, blackness persists through those intellectuals whose intergenerational trauma forces them to think and speak from Blackness. The chosen intellectuals who are feminists by choice, think and speak from Blackness albeit being silenced by oppression. As such, the study itself is a pedagogical contradiction to the orthodox axiology of a detached scholar and hence written in the autobiographical form. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 237 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Blackness en
dc.subject Public intellectual en
dc.subject Positionality en
dc.subject Race and racism en
dc.subject Black-African feminism en
dc.subject Africana Womanism en
dc.subject Coloniality en
dc.subject Decoloniality en
dc.subject Apartheid en
dc.subject.ddc 320.5690968
dc.subject.lcsh Blacks -- South Africa -- Race identity en
dc.subject.lcsh South Africa -- Race relations en
dc.subject.lcsh Racism -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Liberalism -- South Africa en
dc.title On blackness: the role and positionality of Black public intellectuals in Post-94 South Africa en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Communication Science en D. Phil. (Communication)

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