‘New’ technologies and journalism practice in Africa: Towards a critical sociological approach.

Mabweazara, Hayes (2010) ‘New’ technologies and journalism practice in Africa: Towards a critical sociological approach. In: Citizen Journalism and Alternative Avenues of Communication. Juta & Co., Capetown: S. Africa, pp. 11-30.

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This chapter suggests a critical sociological approach in terms of which we can closely examine the use of ‘new’ technologies by journalists in Africa. It argues that to understand the impact of ‘new’ technologies on journalism practice in Africa, ‘new’ technologies must be seen as continuous with and embedded in existing social, cultural, political and economic networks in which journalism practice is entrenched. We therefore need to examine the multidimensional factors – in everyday work practices and wider social contexts – which structure and constrain the deployment of ‘new’ technologies by journalists. This approach finds root in social constructivist approaches to technology and the sociology of journalism which respectively provide enduring insights into the impact of ‘new’ technologies on society and the working practices of journalists.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: ‘New’ technologies; Technological determinism; Social constructivist approaches to technology; Sociology of journalism;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 900 History & geography > 960 History of Africa
000 Computer science, information & general works > 070 News media, journalism & publishing
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Item ID: 2756
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Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2009 15:55
Last Modified: 13 May 2014 14:40

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