Civic Engagement, Digital Networks, and Political Reform in Africa

Hardcover | January 8, 2013

byOkoth Fred Mudhai

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This book takes a critical look at the links between civil actors, new media, and political change, using case studies from Africa. Examining continental trends, with particular focus on urban political non-state actors in Kenya and Zambia, the author argues that new information and communication technologies enhance the efficiency and operations of civic actors, making it easier for them to challenge or overcome state obstacles, but that states remain powerful controllers of key instruments of dominance, minimizing any impact from civic actors using these technologies.

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This book takes a critical look at the links between civil actors, new media, and political change, using case studies from Africa. Examining continental trends, with particular focus on urban political non-state actors in Kenya and Zambia, the author argues that new information and communication technologies enhance the efficiency and...

Okoth Fred Mudhai is a senior lecturer in Journalism and Global Media and Communication in the Media Department of Coventry University, UK. His publications include African Media and the Digital Public Sphere (co-edited with F. Banda and W. Tettey, 2009); "Exploring the Potential for More Strategic Civil Society Use of Mobile Phones" ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 10.8 × 5.7 × 0.79 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230117929

ISBN - 13:9780230117921

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PART I: INTRODUCTIONGeneral Introduction: Civic Challenge of Ruling Elite via New Digital Media in AfricaPART II: THE SETTINGPrivate-Public Sphere: Civic Engagement, New Media, and Democracy TheoryThe 'Wave' and 'Spring' Metaphors in Networks' Struggle for Change Civic Engagement, the African State, and Political ReformPower and Influence in the Digital Age: New Challenges to State HegemonyPART III: CONTINENTAL TRENDS AND NETWORKSPlatforms and Applications Diffusion: Civic Engagement and ICT Trends Identity and Issue Networks: New Media, Politics of Belonging and Change PART IV: A TALE OF TWO COUNTRIES - KENYA AND ZAMBIALa Luta Continua: Transition and Disillusionment in the 'Second Liberation' and the 'Third Republic'Civic Actors and the Struggle for Change: Precursors to New Social Movements in Kenya and ZambiaUnmuzzling Old Dogs to Bark Anew Far and WidePerceptions of Kenyan and Zambian Urban Civic Actors on their New Media Use In Political RealmsPART V: CONCLUSIONCivic Engagement, Digital Networks, and Political Reform in an Increasingly Open Digital Media Environment

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