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Re-inventing a royalist ‘public sphere’ in contemporary Uganda: the example of Central Broadcasting Services (CBS)

Autor: Florence Brisset-Foucault
Revista: Journal of African Cultural Studies Nº 25 (1)
Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13696815.2013.749778#.VUeHqCHtlHw

This article sets out the daily negotiated and relatively stabilized rules of expression which govern a royalist ‘public sphere’ in contemporary Uganda. It is based on the idea, inspired by Habermas, that the analysis of day-to-day rules of discussion leads us to understand better political and moral ideals.

Away from a normative approach of the issue of the ‘public sphere’, this article analyses the formation of specific practices and rules of deliberation, at the crossroad of the transformations of the Kingdom of Buganda, the consolidation of journalism as a profession and President Museveni's regime's hegemonic project.

CBS, the radio station of the Kingdom, is a privileged empirical point of entry to seize these processes, both because it is a central sphere of the reinvention of language and expression and because of its central role in the reestablishment of the Kingdom on the national political scene.