Critical Arts

This cultural studies journal focuses on international regional issues, including future plans to cover the Indian Ocean Rim and Aboriginal issues.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 1, March

Africanising Hybridity? toward an Afropolitan Aesthetic in Contemporary South African Fashion Design
Abstract Setting out from the assumption that South African fashion designers and their garments are noteworthy, yet underexptored, agents of socio-cultural change in post-1994 South Africa, this article will show that despite being untapped, the...
All the World's a Brothel: Metaphysics of the Text and Cultural Economy in the Information Age
Abstract A satirical genuflection to gurudom is offered. Academic practice and the fads which dominate the post-LitCrit paradigm in the humanities are questioned. Problems in methodology, theoreticism and epistemology are revealed. The analogue...
Critique by Stealth: Aspiration, Consumption and Class in Post-Apartheid Television Drama
Abstract The national broadcaster in post-apartheid South Africa still uses the rhetoric of nation-building and commemorating the anti-apartheid struggle, but its practice follows neoliberal norms of maximising revenue from advertising on fictional...
Cultural Economy in Post-Transitional South Africa
... the dominance of a culture in a society does not require all members to be able to participate in that culture on the same terms. Indeed, a culture may be dominant even if most people can only aspire to participate in it: its dominance is felt...
Short Commentary: Under Fire: Academic Managerialism in the Art and Design School
As the United States (US) financial sector experienced 'meltdown' in 2008, a different but not unrelated 'meltdown' continued its decades-long impact on art and design education in the US. Seemingly hanging in the balance has been culture itself, rationed...
The Black and the Beautiful: Perceptions of (a) New Generation(s)
Abstract This article sets out from the underlying belief that soap operas, like many other forms of popular media, play a role in ordering and rearranging people's everyday life routines, and inquires into some of the ways a South African soap...
The Lost Bourdieu Interview
Introduction I spent a sabbatical in France from July 1980 to June 1981. On 22 June 1981, shortly before leaving France, I interviewed Pierre Bourdieu in his office in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in the Boulevard Raspail. I think it was somebody...
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