US Media Discourse on South Africa: The Development of a Situation Model

John D.H. Downing*

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This article provides a developmental analysis of discursive treatment of South Africa in two key US news media, Time and Newsweek. In so doing, it investigates the role of media in relation to political memory and public participation in foreign policy-making in the United States. A brief template of ‘ideal' media discourse on South Africa is set out in the introduction to enable a contrast with actual media output, and then a detailed analysis is presented of news magazine discourse concerning three key moments in modern South African history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-60
Number of pages22
JournalDiscourse & Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1990


  • Africa
  • Newsweek
  • South Africa
  • Time
  • USA
  • United Kingdom
  • apartheid
  • cognitive model
  • colonies
  • discourse
  • history
  • ideology
  • media
  • news magazine
  • race
  • racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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