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Monday, February 24th, 2014

Know your Dutch history

Twenty years ago, Teun van Dijk published the book Elite Discourse and Racism, in which he discusses the subtle ways that racial discrimination pervaded Dutch society at the time. To van Dijk it appeared that, as pivotal socializing agents, Dutch families, schools, politicians and media had a great deal of influence on how children came to perceive

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Nelson Mandela and the Dutch

Shortly after his release from prison, Nelson Mandela embarked on a six week tour across Europe. As the Dutch newspaper NRC mentioned last week, he initially declined the invitation to include the Netherlands in this tour, this...

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Why do the middle classes in South Africa pay their domestic workers such low wages?

A few months after the Hewitts, a white South African family in the capital Pretoria, moved to a black township to live there for a month and blogged about it, we are left to wonder — media...

Friday, September 6th, 2013

African Radio’s growing and enduring popularity

A few days ago, I overheard a BBC World Service presenter announce an on air discussion on media in Africa by saying that many young people “do away with radio and television” and get their news online...

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

That TIME story that South Africa may outlaw spanking at home

On 30 July TIME Magazine reported that South Africa’s government, in cooperation with some notable children’s rights NGO’s, is drafting a bill that would outlaw spanking at home. If the bill passes, South African parents lose their...

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

South African NGO challenges dominant ideas about how to be a man

Even though the overall media attention for the matter has faded these past few months, women in South Africa continue to be brutalized, harassed, assaulted and murdered by the country’s men (mostly in the domestic sphere by...

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