1st Edition

Decolonising Political Communication in Africa Reframing Ontologies

Edited By Beschara Karam, Bruce Mutsvairo Copyright 2022
    254 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


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

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