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Regional identity and the politics of belonging in the consumption of Zimbabwe’s vernacular tabloid newspaper, uMthunywa in Bulawayo.

Mabweazara, Hayes (2009) Regional identity and the politics of belonging in the consumption of Zimbabwe’s vernacular tabloid newspaper, uMthunywa in Bulawayo. Journal of African Media Studies, 1 (3). pp. 449-467. ISSN 2040-199X

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Abstract/Description

This paper is a qualitative study of the consumption of uMthunywa, a Zimbabwean state-controlled tabloid newspaper. It focuses on its Bulawayo readers who constitute the bulk of the paper’s readership and particularly explores the meanings and relevance of its content to their everyday lives. The study establishes that the paper constitutes a forceful alternative mediated sphere that cements a regional identity and accommodates feelings of belonging among a readership that feels disenfranchised and neglected by the ‘power bloc’. The newspaper has (re)kindled a relationship with readers through its use of the vernacular language, isiNdebele and the coverage of community issues that resonate with the readers’ everyday lives.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 2040-199X
Electronic ISSN: 1751-7974
Uncontrolled Keywords: Regional identity; ethnic belonging; tabloid journalism; Bulawayo; isiNdebele;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 070 News media, journalism & publishing
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Library of Congress Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Item ID: 3595
Depositing User: Hayes Mabweazara
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2010 10:10
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2012 12:17
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/3595

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