African Broadcast Cultures

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Radio has played a pivotal role in Africa situations of conflict, crisis, and in the overall development of the African continent. No other medium of communication in Africa comes close to radio in terms of audience, political significance and cultural power. Local radio stations as well as international broadcasters have been at once the barometers and the agents of change. This book provides a timely and cross-continental perspective on a much-neglected aspect of African public culture in its political structures and economic fortunes.

Based on a series of case studies by academics and radio journalists, the contributors to this book analyze the role of radio in public life in situations of conflict and peace, and argue for the importance and success of diversity and localization in African radio.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275970604
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD FARDON is a former chairman of the Centre of African Studies at the University of London.

GRAHAM FURNISS is also a former chairman of the Centre for African Studies. Fardon and Furniss previously collaborated on African Languages, Development, and the State (1994).

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Table of Contents


African Broadcast Cultures by Richard Fardon and Graham Furniss

Sub-Saharan Surveys

From Saucepan to Dish: Radio and TV in Africa by Graham Mytton

Prospects for Rural Radio in Africa: Strategies to Relate Audience Research to the Participatory Production of Radio Programmers by Jean-Pierre Liboudo

National and International Broadcasters: Policies and Practices by Ibrahim Sane, Roger Nouma, and Elizabeth Ohene

Local Radio, Local Radio Culture and the Culture of Radios

The Evolution of Radio Broadcasting in Burking Faso: From Mother Radio to Local Radio by Urbain Nombre

Community Radio and Development: Issues and Examples From Francophone West Africa by Mary Myers

Radio in Niger Central Control Versus Local Cultures by Christine Nimaga Ceesay

New Local Radio Stations in African Languages and the Process of Political Transformation: The Case of Radio Rurale Locale Tanguieta in Northern Benin by Tito Gratz

Popular Culture in Advertising: Nigerian Hausa Radio by Mansur Abdulkadir

Documenting Radio Culture as Lived Experience Reception Studies and the Mobile Machine in Zambia by Debra Spitulink

Radio, Conflict and Political Transition

The Future of Community Radio in Africa: The Case of Southern Africa by Aida Opuku-Mensah

The Growth of Independent Broadcasting in South Africa: Lessons for Africa? By Jeanette Minnie

Is Radio Pluralism an Instrument of Political Change?: Insights from Zambia by Jean-Pascal Daloz and Katherine Verrier-Frechette

Broadcasting and Political Transition Rwanda and Beyond by Richard Carver

The Multiple Voices of Sudanese Airspace by Wendy James

Local Radio ConflictModeration: The Case of Sierra Leone by Paul Richards


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