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An investigation of Pierre de Wet’s role in the Afrikaans film industry using social network analysis (SNA)

Burgert A. Senekal
Literator | Vol 35, No 1 | a1099 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v35i1.1099 | © 2014 Burgert A. Senekal | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 December 2013 | Published: 28 November 2014

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Although the film industry – like the literary system – can be described as a cultural system or field, systems theory remains largely unexplored in South African film studies, as does the more recent network theory. Systems theory and network theory both emphasise the relationships of an entity within a larger context, arguing that an entity should be studied within the relationships in which it functions. Recently, researchers have suggested that network theory can be integrated with polysystem theory to study the interactions between entities in the literary system. This article illustrates the potential of using social network analysis (SNA) as an investigative tool to identify and describe the role of an entity within the context of the film industry by focusing on one of the seminal Afrikaans film makers: Pierre de Wet. Pierre de Wet has been intricately involved with the beginnings of the Afrikaans film industry, collaborating with, amongst others, some of the most prolific film editors, producers,cinematographers and music composers. His major collaborators are highlighted as well as his central position in the Afrikaans film industry, taking into account the entire Afrikaans film industry from its origin to the contemporary period. The article also makes suggestions for further research.


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