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Decolonising Political Communication in Africa
Reframing Ontologies

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ISBN 9780367630317
January 9, 2023 Forthcoming 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

1. Reframing African Ontologies in the Era of Decolonisation  Part 1: Decolonial Research  2. Decolonising Conflict Reporting: Media and Election Violence in Zimbabwe  3. Conspicuous and Performative Blackness as Decolonial Political Branding Against the Myth of the Post-Colonial Society  Part 2: Film and Photography as Activism: Decolonisation and Performance  4. Zanele Muholi’s Work as Political Communication and Decolonisation  5.Documentary Film as Political Communication in Post-Apartheid South Africa  6. Remembering and Memorising: The Efficacy of Photography in Political Communication in Postcolonial Africa  7. "Killing with Kindness": Political Icons, Socio-Cultural Victims: Visual Coloniality of the Siddis of Karnataka, India  8. On the Question of Decolonisation, Gender and Political Communication  Part 3: Music, Radio and Social Media as Politicised "Spaces"  Chapter 9: Freedom in the Jazz Imaginary: Twentieth Century Aesthetic Revolt  10. Empowering Communities through Liberalisation of Airwaves in Ghana  11. In the Realm of Uncertainty: Kenya’s Ghetto Radio as Politicised Space  12. Social Media as a Sphere of Political Disruption in Zimbabwe’s Cyber Sphere  Part 4: The Media, The Digital Public Sphere, and Decoloniality  13. Transformation, Fragmentation and Decolonisation: The Contested Role of the Media in Postcolonial South Africa  14. The Voice of the Voiceless? Decoloniality and Online Radical Discourses in South Africa


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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.