Popular Culture in Africa: The Episteme of the Everyday

Popular Culture in Africa: The Episteme of the Everyday

by Stephanie Newell
     
 

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This volume marks the 25th anniversary of Karin Barber’s ground-breaking article, "Popular Arts in Africa", which stimulated new debates about African popular culture and its defining categories. Focusing on performances, audiences, social contexts and texts, contributors ask how African popular cultures contribute to the formation of an episteme. With

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This volume marks the 25th anniversary of Karin Barber’s ground-breaking article, "Popular Arts in Africa", which stimulated new debates about African popular culture and its defining categories. Focusing on performances, audiences, social contexts and texts, contributors ask how African popular cultures contribute to the formation of an episteme. With chapters on theater, Nollywood films, blogging, and music and sports discourses, as well as on popular art forms, urban and youth cultures, and gender and sexuality, the book highlights the dynamism and complexity of contemporary popular cultures in sub-Saharan Africa.

Focusing on the streets of Africa, especially city streets where different cultures and cultural personalities meet, the book asks how the category of "the people" is identified and interpreted by African culture-producers, politicians, religious leaders, and by "the people" themselves. The book offers a nuanced, strongly historicized perspective in which African popular cultures are regarded as vehicles through which we can document ordinary people’s vitality and responsiveness to political and social transformations.

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"A great book that draws together some of the best scholarship in the field and traces new directions for the study of African popular culture."

—David Murphy, Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies, University of Stirling

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415532921
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/18/2013
Series:
Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies Series
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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"A great book that draws together some of the best scholarship in the field and traces new directions for the study of African popular culture."

—David Murphy, Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies, University of Stirling

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