Development communication and the paradox of choice : imposition and dictatorship in comparing Sami and the SanBushmen experiences of cultural autonomy.

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dc.contributor.advisor Tomaselli, Keyan G.
dc.creator Mikalsen, Øyvind Edman. eng
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-04T14:19:56Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-04T14:19:56Z
dc.date.created 2005
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10413/2771
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2005. en_US
dc.description.abstract This research project examines the relevance of Kenneth Arrow's (1951) Impossibility Theorem as a criterion for assessing post-modern critical approaches to development media theories (Servaes, 200 I; Melkote and Steeves, 2000). Comparing two distinct indigenous minorities' experiences with struggles for cultural autonomy, those of Norway's Sami and Botswana's Basarwa, it was found that the media discourses used by NGOs frequently exploit a narrative that validly permits development to be treated as a species of social welfare implementation. Applying Arrow's (1951) conditions for the democratic summation of diverse preferences, and treating cultural, political, and civil society groups as 'voters', it was found that indigenous minority concerns may be best accommodated by linking them to broader issues that exploit historical ties between peoples, with a special emphasis on episodes that have led to coordination in achieving independent ends. Popular memories of such coordination appear to moderate relations between minorities and their national cohabitants, reducing the need for radicalization of indigenous issues and smoothing the path to autonomy. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject San (African People)--Ethnic identity. en_US
dc.subject Theses--Culture, communication and media studies. en_US
dc.subject Basarwa (African People)
dc.subject Sami (European People)--Norway--Ethnic identity.
dc.subject Indigenous peoples--Cross-cultural studies.
dc.title Development communication and the paradox of choice : imposition and dictatorship in comparing Sami and the SanBushmen experiences of cultural autonomy. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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