1st Edition

Gender-Based Violence and Digital Media in South Africa

By Millie Mayiziveyi Phiri Copyright 2024
    136 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents a new paradigm for attending to gender-based violence (GBV) social media discourse among marginalised Black women in South Africa.

    Focusing on the intersections of television and social media, the study charts the morphing and merging of the “inside” of the soap opera and the “outside” of the real world, amid a rise in feminist social media activism. The analysis begins with coverage of gender-based violence in a long-running South African soap opera and social media discussion of these issues, in parallel with real-world events and the collective social media response. The author offers pertinent insights into audiences in sub-Saharan Africa, presenting a new feminist trajectory for women and activism in the region.

    Offering new insights into an important issue, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of gender, cultural studies, film studies, television studies, sociology, development studies, feminism, media, and journalism.

    1.     Chapter One: Is digital feminist activism defining GBV?

    2.     Chapter Two: Gender-Based Violence and Digital Technologies

    3.     Chapter Three: African Feminist Ideology Politics and Gender Based-Violence

    4.     Chapter Four: Gender Digital Activism Offline and Online GBV “Talk”

    5.     Chapter Five: The Nature of GBV Social Media “Talk,” Language and Audience

    6.     Epilogue


    Millie Mayiziveyi Phiri was a University of Johannesburg postdoctoral fellow during 2020–2021 and specialises in research in digital technologies, freedom of expression, gender, and health research. An award-winning journalist with extensive experience working in Africa, she spearheaded the setting up of the first of its kind, Graca Machel Trust Pan African Network of Women Journalists.