SOCIAL MEDIA AND POLITICS IN AFRICA, democracy, censorship and security

: Dwyer (M.) & Molony (T.) eds.

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299pp., paperback, London, 2019.


Contributions include:
"'We are not just voters, we are citizens': social media, the #ThisFlag campaign and insurgent citizenship in Zimbabwe" by George Karekwaivanane and Admire Mare
"Social Media and Protest Movements in South Africa: #FeesMustFall and #ZumaMustFall" by Tanya Bosch.

"The book is guided by a desire to avoid the often decontextualized and totalizing narratives that routinely attend the study of social media in the continent. Its critical significance thus lies in its faithfulness to context and history. Bringing together contributors from a diverse range of disciplines, the volume is also methodologically innovative, rich in data and analytically profound. This is one of the most important studies of social media in Africa in recent times." Dr George Ogola, Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Central Lancashire

"This exciting edited collection documents how social media gain significance in different but comparable contexts on the African continent. Moving beyond technological utopianism, this exciting edited collection provides much-needed nuanced analysis of the way in which social media both challenge and reproduce power relations." Dr Wendy Willems, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science

Maggie Dwyer is a lecturer at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh. She also serves as an associate editor at the Journal of Modern African Studies. Her previous books include Soldiers in Revolt: army mutinies in Africa.
Thomas Molony is Director of the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh. He has previously served as an international election observer for the European Union Election Observation Missions in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi, and as a parliamentary adviser on ICT in developing countries.