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Digital Activism in the Social Media Era

Critical Reflections on Emerging Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa

Editors: Mutsvairo, Bruce (Ed.)

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  • One of the first books to focus on Africa and digital activism/democracy 
  • Brings together scholars from across the African continent (and abroad) 
  • Presents contemporary case studies 
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This book probes the vitality, potentiality and ability of new communication and technological changes to drive online-based civil action across Africa. In a continent booming with mobile innovation and a plethora of social networking sites, the Internet is considered a powerful platform used by pro-democracy activists to negotiate and sometimes push for reform-based political and social changes in Africa. The book discusses and theorizes digital activism within social and geo-political realms, analysing cases such as the #FeesMustFall and #BringBackOurGirls campaigns in South Africa and Nigeria respectively to question the extent to which they have changed the dynamics of digital activism in sub-Saharan Africa.  Comparative case study reflections in eight African countries identify and critique digital concepts questioning what impact they have had on the civil society. Cases also explore the African LGBT community as a social movement while discussing opportunities and challenges faced by online activists fighting for LGBT equality. Finally, gender-based activists using digital tools to gain attention and facilitate social changes are also appraised. 

About the authors

Bruce Mutsvairo is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. 

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Dovetailing Desires for Democracy with New ICTs’ Potentiality as Platform for Activism

    Mutsvairo, Bruce

    Pages 3-23

  • Engaging in Polarized Society: Social Media and Political Discourse in Ethiopia

    Gagliardone, Iginio (et al.)

    Pages 25-44

  • Baba Jukwa and the Digital Repertoires of Connective Action in a ‘Competitive Authoritarian Regime’: The Case of Zimbabwe

    Mare, Admire

    Pages 45-68

  • Digital Activism in Uganda

    Chibita, Monica B.

    Pages 69-93

  • Citizen Journalism, Cyber-Activism, and ‘Crowdsourcing’: Discussing the Sacking of Sierra Leone’s Vice President Sam Sumana on Facebook and Twitter

    Shaw, Ibrahim Seaga (et al.)

    Pages 95-112

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-40949-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-40948-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-82224-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Digital Activism in the Social Media Era
Book Subtitle
Critical Reflections on Emerging Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa
Editors
  • Bruce Mutsvairo
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40949-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40949-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40948-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82224-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 341
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations
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