Title: Rebels and Taboos. Or, Transgression and Regulation in the Work and Lives of Kinshasa's Television Journalists
Authors: Pype, Katrien # ×
Issue Date: May-2011
Publisher: Routledge
Series Title: Popular Communication vol:9 issue:2 pages:114-125
Abstract: This article explores political transgression in Kinshasa’s media space and informal and official reactions to these. Ethnographic material will exhibit violation, and also regulation, in the context of two highly popular media genres, call-in shows and short reportages about life in the city. In order to extend our understanding of political mediation I argue we need to pay attention to the management of public information; to the parties involved in the negotiations about what can and should be publicly (re-)presented and what not; and to the ways in which political actors balance between containment and exposure. I present two types of media rebellion in order to illustrate in some detail the variety of ways in which political conflict and mass media interact in present-day Kinshasa, and how certain television journalists defy the borders between “the speakable” and that what should remain hidden.
ISSN: 1540-5702
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa
× corresponding author
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