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dc.contributor.authorMersham, Gary
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-02T07:56:12Z
dc.date.available2016-12-02T07:56:12Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationMersham, G. (2016). The communication challenges of issue management in a postmodern world: a case study of the South Durban Industrial Basin. Communitas, 21, 165-177.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1023-0556 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2415-0525 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttps://dx.doi.org/10.18820/24150525/
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/5144
dc.description.abstractThis article describes the failure of issue management communication in resolving an enduring pollution crisis stretching over two decades in South Africa’s South Durban Industrial Basin (SDIB). A crisis of responsibility has arisen from a postmodern, neoliberal order. Concerns of residents are overridden in favour of nationally significant economic growth objectives. As a result “local” issues are communicated by global coalitions seeking environmental justice through modernist notions of “science” communicated in a postmodern, global context. The lack of public confi dence, trust and the unmet expectations of participation in the environmental decision-making of government agencies and corporations is revealed. Local mobilisations look to broader spaces of engagement, including international activist organisations and international media as the unresolved crisis is deepened by state coercion and industry intransigence.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherDepartment of Communication Science, University of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectSouth Durban Industrial Basinen_ZA
dc.subjectEnvironmenten_ZA
dc.subjectCrisis communicationen_ZA
dc.subjectNeoliberalismen_ZA
dc.subjectModernismen_ZA
dc.subjectScienceen_ZA
dc.titleThe communication challenges of issue management in a postmodern world: a case study of the South Durban Industrial Basinen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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dc.rights.holderDepartment of Communication Science, University of the Free Stateen_ZA


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