Routledge Handbook of African Media and Communication Studies

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Winston Mano, Viola c. Milton
Routledge, Feb 11, 2021 - History - 300 pages

This handbook comprises fresh and incisive research focusing on African media, culture and communication. The chapters from a cross-section of scholars dissect the forces shaping the field within a changing African context. It adds critical corpora of African scholarship and theory that places the everyday worlds, needs and uses of Africans first.

The book goes beyond critiques of the marginality of African approaches in media and communication studies to offer scholars the theoretical and empirical toolkit needed to start building critical corpora of African scholarship and theory that places the everyday worlds, needs and uses of Africans first. Decoloniality demands new epistemological interventions in African media, culture and communication, and this book is an important interlocutor in this space. In a globally interconnected world, changing patterns of authority and power pose new challenges to the ways in which media institutions are constituted and managed, as well as how communication and media policy is negotiated and the manner in which citizens engage with increasing media opportunities. The handbook focuses on the interrelationships of the local and the global and the concomitant consequences for media practice, education and citizen engagement in today’s Africa. Altogether, the book foregrounds convivial epistemologies relevant for locating African media and communication in the pluriverse.

This handbook is an essential read for critical media, communications, cultural studies and journalism scholars.


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an introduction
theorising from the margins
3 Frantz Fanon Ngũgĩ wa Thiongo and African media and communication studies
towards a new violence
why employees are not behaving as predicted
decolonizing African mediacommunications
7 Communicating the idea of South Africa in the age of decoloniality
an exploratory survey on global curricula transformation debates
counterhegemonic graffiti in Zimbabwe
social media and the 21stcentury slave trade in Libya
the case of Vukani Community Radio VCR
the corrosive role of private sector media on the sustainability of the South African Broadcasting Corporation
16 Health communication in Africa
17 The politics of identity trauma memory and decolonisation in Neill Blomkamps Chappie 2015
18 Nollywood as decoloniality
19 Afrokology as a transdisciplinary approach to media and communication studies

the production and distribution of African narratives through podcasting
africas soft power
exploring netizens digitized shaping of political crises in Kenya

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About the author (2021)

Winston Mano is a Reader and a member of the University of Westminster’s top-rated Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). He is also a Course Leader for the MA in Media and Development and the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African Media Studies. Mano is also a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

viola c. milton is a Professor in the Department of Communication Science at the University of South Africa. She is also co-chair of the South African Communication Association's Communications Advocacy and Activism Interest Group and Editor-in-Chief of the oldest South African journal in Communication Studies, Communicatio: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research.

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