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dc.contributor.authorWaetjen, Thembisa
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-06T05:34:13Z
dc.date.available2017-04-06T05:34:13Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationWaetjen, T. 2016. Sputnik from below : space science and public culture in cold war southern Africa. Interventions. 18(5): 687-708.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1369-801X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10321/2428
dc.description.abstractThe global space race of the Cold War has largely been written as a drama between state bodies of the northern hemisphere. This essay decentres that narrative by considering the production of popular meanings and local responses of Southern African publics to the 1957 launching of the Sputnik satellites, as articulated in a selection of mostly South African newspapers targeting various linguistic and cultural readerships. Newspapers were the most important points of contact between experts and laypersons, but were also the primary medium through which the authority of expertise could be contested and appropriated. The circulation of space science news occasioned debates about modernity and progress in relation to the issues of rights and racial politics. Cold war science innovations, aligned to projects of state, presented opportunities for publics to challenge discriminatory practices, yet could also be leveraged in local practices of social differentiation, to mark out and delegitimize certain groups or ideas as ‘backward’.en_US
dc.format.extent22 pen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherRoutledgeen_US
dc.subjectCold waren_US
dc.subjectPrint cultureen_US
dc.subjectPublic sphereen_US
dc.subjectSouth Africaen_US
dc.subjectSpace raceen_US
dc.subjectSputniken_US
dc.titleSputnik from below : space science and public culture in cold war southern Africaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.dut-rims.pubnumDUT-005557en_US


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