What is the role of the media in Africa? How do they work? How do they interact with global media? How do they reflect and express local culture? Incorporating both African and international perspectives, Media and Identity in Africa demonstrates how media outlets are used to perpetuate, question, or modify the unequal power relations between Africa and the rest of the world. Discussions about the construction of old and new social entities which are defined by class, gender, ethnicity, political and economic differences, wealth, poverty, cultural behavior, language, and religion dominate these new assessments of communications media in Africa. This volume addresses the tensions between the global and the local that have inspired creative control and use of traditional and modern forms of media.
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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
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
What People are Saying About This
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.
Media and Identity in Africa contains important material on phenomena that will soon . . . disappear in the evanescent world of media discourse.