Constructing Hegemony: The South African Commercial Media and the (Mis)Representation of Nationalism


This book by Mandla J. Radebe provides a Marxist critique of the representation of the nationalization of the mines debate by the South African commercial media. Radebe examines corporate control of the media in order to articulate the interrelations between the state, capital, and the media, and the way the commercial media represents, shapes, and influences public policy. He concludes that beyond factors such as ownership, commercialization, and the influence of advertising on news content, the global capitalist hegemony has a more powerful influence on the commercial media in South Africa than previously thought.