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Titrailles, interactions et construction d'un espace public autour de la presse écrite : une analyse ethnosociologique du kiosque à journaux au Cameroun

Abstract : The newspaper stall constitutes an environment for daily human interactions. As one passes by the Yaounde and Douala major crossroads, it’s impressive to see the crowds gathered around the newspaper stalls. For many people, it has become a daily appointment for endless debates.The question is: Why do people spend so much of their time around those newspaper stalls? Is it because they are idlers? Or is it because they are truly interested in newspapers?Our thesis dissertation is aimed at analyzing the logics that structure the phenomenon of crowds around the newspaper stalls, and questioning the nature and content of the discussions resulting from peoples’ interactions in those places.From our observations on the field, and from the interviews carried out, it appears that the main reason why people gather around the newspapers stall is their search for information. Because of the economic crisis many people can’t afford to buy a newspaper. Therefore, they are often contempted with reading the titles on the front pages and when possible, gathering supplementary information from those who may have had the privilege to read the articles. Within this framework, spontaneous discussions and debates merge, which give the protagonists the opportunity to say their mind, and thus feel as if they are expressing their right to free speech, which symbolizes democracy and as such stands as a fundamental element in the public space.
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Adrien Bitond. Titrailles, interactions et construction d'un espace public autour de la presse écrite : une analyse ethnosociologique du kiosque à journaux au Cameroun. Sciences de l'information et de la communication. Université Grenoble Alpes, 2016. Français. ⟨NNT : 2016GREAL014⟩. ⟨tel-01691526⟩

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