Transforming the media: A cultural approach

  • Lynette Steenveld Dept. of Journalism & Media Studies at Rhodes University


The change from an Apartheid state to a liberal democratic one has wrought many changes at all levels of South African society: the economic, social, political, cultural. This paper explores the impacts of these changes on the South African print media industry, with a view to assessing their contribution to the development of a democratic citizenship. While acknowledging the constraining effects of economic structures of ownership, the paper locates these within the broader social and political context of post-apartheid South Africa. It thus attempts to synthesise elements of both a political economy and cultural approach to the analysis of cultural production.

Critical Arts Vol.18(1) 2004: 92-115

Author Biography

Lynette Steenveld, Dept. of Journalism & Media Studies at Rhodes University
Lynette Steenveld lectures in the Dept. of Journalism & Media Studies at Rhodes University. From 1999-2002 she held the position of Independent Newspaper’s Chair of Media Transformation.

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