Decolonising Political Communication in Africa
This book uses decolonisation as a lens to interrogate political communication styles, performance, and practice in Africa and the diaspora.
The book interrogates the theory and practice of political communication, using decolonial research methods to begin a process of self-reflexivity and the creation of a new approach to knowledge production about African political communication. In doing so, it explores political communication approaches that might until recently have been considered subversive or dissident: forms of political communication that served to challenge imposed western norms and to empower African citizens and their histories. Centring African scholarship, the book draws on case studies from across the continent, including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of politics, media and communication in Africa.
The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003111962, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Political Communication for Upending Colonialism and its Legacies
Chapter 1: Reframing African Ontologies in the Era of Decolonisation
Beschara Karam and Bruce Mutsvairo
Part I: Decolonial Research
Chapter 2: Decolonising Conflict Reporting: Media and Election Violence in Zimbabwe
Chapter 3: Conspicuous and Performative Blackness as Decolonial Political Branding Against the Myth of the Post-Colonial Society: A Case of the EFF
Rofhiwa Felicia Mukhudwana
Part II: Film and Photography as Activism: Decolonisation and Performance
Chapter 4: Zanele Muholi’s Work as Political Communication and Decolonisation
Chapter 5: Documentary Film as Political Communication in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Chapter 6: Remembering and Memorising: The Efficacy of Photography in Political Communication in Postcolonial Africa
Chapter 7: "Killing with Kindness": Political Icons, Socio-Cultural Victims: Visual Coloniality of the Siddis of Karnataka, India
Chapter 8: On the Question of Decolonisation, Gender and Political Communication
Part III: Music, Radio and Social Media as Politicised "Spaces"
Chapter 9: Freedom in the Jazz Imaginary: Twentieth Century Aesthetic Revolt
Chapter 10: Empowering Communities through Liberalisation of Airwaves in Ghana
Africanus L. Diedong
Chapter 11: In the Realm of Uncertainty: Kenya’s Ghetto Radio as Politicised Space
Chapter 12: Social Media as a Sphere of Political Disruption in Zimbabwe’s Cyber Sphere: Reexamining #Thisflag Digital Campaign
Trust Matsilele and Bruce Mutsvairo
Part IV: The Media, The Digital Public Sphere, and Decoloniality
Chapter 13: Transformation, Fragmentation and Decolonisation: The Contested Role of the Media in Postcolonial South Africa
Chapter 14: The Voice of the Voiceless? Decoloniality and Online Radical Discourses in South Africa
Beschara Karam is an Associate Professor at the University of South Africa.
Bruce Mutsvairo is a Professor of Journalism at Auburn University, USA.