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Decolonising Political Communication in Africa
Reframing Ontologies

ISBN 9780367544300
Published July 23, 2021 by Routledge
254 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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, 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

Colin Chasi

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

Tendai Chari

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

Beschara Karam

Chapter 5: Documentary Film as Political Communication in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Pier-Paolo Frassinelli

Chapter 6: Remembering and Memorising: The Efficacy of Photography in Political Communication in Postcolonial Africa

George Nyabuga

Chapter 7: "Killing with Kindness": Political Icons, Socio-Cultural Victims: Visual Coloniality of the Siddis of Karnataka, India

Sayan Dey

Chapter 8: On the Question of Decolonisation, Gender and Political Communication

Sally Osei-Appiah

Part III: Music, Radio and Social Media as Politicised "Spaces"

Chapter 9: Freedom in the Jazz Imaginary: Twentieth Century Aesthetic Revolt

Salim Washington

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

Wilson Ugangu

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

Ylva Rodny-Gumede

Chapter 14: The Voice of the Voiceless? Decoloniality and Online Radical Discourses in South Africa

Lorenzo Dalvit

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Beschara Karam is an Associate Professor at the University of South Africa.

Bruce Mutsvairo is a Professor of Journalism at Auburn University, USA.