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New book: Television, language, and cultural identity in contemporary Indonesia

October 28, 2008

Klarijn Loven, Watching Si Doel; Television, language, and cultural identity in contemporary Indonesia

Publisher’s announcement:

While television in today’s world increasingly displays a global character, national television systems are still firmly rooted in a specific locality. But in what ways does this locality actually shape the content and performance of national television? What is the significance of local cultures and local languages in these processes of mediatization? And how do the local, the national, and the global intersect in discourses of, and discourse on, television? Taking a critical discourse analysis perspective, Watching Si Doel investigates these questions in the context of contemporary Indonesia. Starting with the nationwide popularity of the local television serial Si Doel anak sekolahan, it examines the various ways in which the national government, Indonesian television producers, and local audiences shape, interpret, and struggle over the meaning of the phrase ‘national television’.

Includes a free DVD with video excerpts. For a sample chapter and more information, see here

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