Media and Identity in Africa

Media and Identity in Africa


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ISBN-13: 9780748635221
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 06/08/2009
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kimani Njogu is Director of Twaweza Communications and former Associate Professor of African Languages at Kenyatta University, Kenya.

John Middleton (1921–2009) was Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Religious Studies at Yale University.

Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Prologue Kimani Njogu John Middleton ix

Part I The Media, Community and Identity

1 Orality, the Media and New Popular Cultures in Africa Karin Barber 3

2 The Media in Social Development in Contemporary Africa Paul Tiyambe Zeleza 19

3 Language and the Media in Africa: Between the Old Empire and the New Alamin Mazrui 36

4 Reflections on the Media in Africa: Strangers in a Mirror? Goretti Linda Nassanga 49

5 Africa's Media: Democracy and Belonging Francis B. Nyamnjoh 62

6 Representation of Africa in the Western Media: Challenges and Opportunities John Kiarie Wa'Njogu 76

7 Media Consumerism and Cultural Transformation Eric Masinde Aseka 84

8 African Intellectuals in a Hostile Media Environment Macharia Munene 94

Part II The Media and Identity: The Global Media

9 Publishing in Africa Cecilia Kimani 103

10 Pentecostalism and Modern Audiovisual Media Birgit Meyer 114

11 Rekindling Efficacy: Storytelling for Health Kimani Njogu 124

12 The Media in Education Charles Ngome 139

13 Horn of Africa and Kenya Diaspora Websites as Alternative Media Sources Ann Biersteker 151

14 Popular Dance Music and the Media John Collins 162

15 Media Parenting and the Construction of Media Identities in Northern Nigerian Muslim Hausa Video Films Abdalla Uba Adamu 171

Part III The Media and Identity: The Local Media

16 'To Make Strange Things Possible': The Photomontages of the Bakor Photo Studio in Lamu, Kenya Heike Behrend 187

17 Musical Images and Imaginations: Tanzania Music Videos Kelly M. Askew 208

18 Political Ridicule: Medialized Notions of 'Transparent Concealment' Bantu Mwaura 218

19 Names, Cloth and Identity: A Case from West Africa Michelle Gilbert 226

20 Museums in Africa Simiyu Wandibba 245

21 Literary Prizes, Book Prizes and African Writing Walter Bgoya 258

22 Innovating 'AlterNative' Identities: Nairobi Matatu Culture Mbugua wa Mungai 267

23 Bringing Change through Laughter: Cartooning in Kenya Patrick Gathara Mary Kabura Wanjau 275

24 Demonic Tradition: Representations of Oathing in Newspaper Coverage of the 1997 Crisis in Coastal Kenya Diane M. Ciekawy 287

Epilogue: In the Name of Similitude V. Y. Mudimbe 308

Index 325

What People are Saying About This

University of London - Graham Furniss

This is a volume that will be regularly referenced for its individual studies and as a collective snapshot of the variety, complexity, embeddedness, and fecundity of African cultural production in diverse interlocking media.

Roskilde University - Bodil Folke Frederiksen

Media and Identity in Africa contains important material on phenomena that will soon . . . disappear in the evanescent world of media discourse.

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