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South Africa's Alternative Press

South Africa's Alternative Press
Voices of Protest and Resistance, 1880–1960


Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Mass Communication

Les Switzer, R. Hunt Davis Jr, Uma Shaskikant Mesthrie, Mohamed Adhikari, Ime Ukpanah, R. Neville Choonoo, Don Pinnock, Elizabeth Ceiriog Jones
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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521108553

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  • This is the first full-length study of the protest-cum-resistance press and its role in the struggle for a democratic South Africa between the 1880s and 1960s. South Africa's alternative press played a crucial, but still largely undocumented, role in the making of modern South Africa. Projecting the point of view of intermediary social groups, who saw themselves as a modernising, upwardly mobile non-ethnic force in the struggle to create a black middle-class culture in South Africa, these presses mirrored political realities that differed substantially from those projected by South Africa's established commercial press, which was owned and controlled by whites, and concerned almost exclusively with the political, economic and social life of the white population. An important venue for an emerging black literary tradition, these alternative presses also constitute a unique political and social archive.

    • First full-length study of the most varied archive of alternative publications in sub-Saharan Africa
    • Investigates the history of South Africa as mediated by its subaltern communities
    • First attempt to critically examine the content of a press which opposed the white-controlled social order for more than a century
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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521108553
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 62 b/w illus. 1 map 32 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: South Africa's alternative press in perspective Les Switzer
    Part I. An Independent Protest Press, 1880s–1930s:
    1. The beginnings of African protest journalism at the cape Les Switzer
    2. Qude maniki! John L. Dube, Pioneer Editor of Ilanga Lase Natal R. Hunt Davis Jr
    3. From advocacy to mobilisation: Indian opinion, 1903–1914 Uma Shaskikant Mesthrie
    4. Voice of the coloured élite: APO, 1919–1923 Mohamed Adhikari
    5. Moderate and militant voices in the African nationalist press during the 1920s Les Switzer
    6. Bantu world and the origins of a captive African commercial press Les Switzer
    Part II. From Protest to Resistance, 1940s–1960s:
    7. Under seige: Inkundla Ya Bantu and the African nationalist movement, 1938–1951 Les Switzer and Ime Ukpanah
    8. The Sophiatown generation: black literary journalism during the 1950s R. Neville Choonoo
    9. Socialism and the resistance movement: the life and times of The Guardian, 1937–1952 Les Switzer
    10. Writing left: the journalism of Ruth First and The Guardian in the 1950s Don Pinnock
    11. Inkululeko: organ of the communist party of South Africa, 1939–1950 Elizabeth Ceiriog Jones.

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    Les Switzer, University of Houston


    Les Switzer, R. Hunt Davis Jr, Uma Shaskikant Mesthrie, Mohamed Adhikari, Ime Ukpanah, R. Neville Choonoo, Don Pinnock, Elizabeth Ceiriog Jones

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