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Special Collection

Media & Modernisation

Collection launched: 24 Apr 2017
This special collection highlights media in relation to modernisation. The authors generally see modernisation as a series of transitions that take place at different speeds. Political changes can occur rapidly and have drastic effects. Cultural, sociological and economic transitions take much longer, while their impact is less immediate. In each of these transitions, mass media, ranging from student magazines and the gramophones to cinema and print, played a crucial role in revealing the tensions and similarities between modernity on the one hand and traditional values on the other. Mass media also draw attention to a hiatus in the history of modernisation: the underestimation of the periphery. Rural populations, for example, were active participants in the development of modernity, through a process of 'self-made modernisation', a dynamic set of practices combining innovation and tradition.