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African Histories and Modernities

Popular Media in Kenyan History

Fiction and Newspapers as Political Actors

Authors: Ogola, George

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  • Provides a thoroughly interdisciplinary analysis of the the relationship between African historical methods of censure in the media with contemporary African political decisions
  • Examines rare primary source material unavailable to most scholars of African studies
  • Explores the broader historical, intellectual, and literary traditions within which popular fiction in Kenya is produced
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About this book

The book examines popular fiction columns, a dominant feature in Kenyan newspapers, published in the twentieth century and examines their historical and cultural impact on Kenyan politics. The book interrogates how popular cultural forms such as popular fiction engage with and subject the polity to constant critique through informal but widely recognized cultural forms of censure. The book further explores the ways we see and experience how the African subaltern, through the everyday, negotiate their rights and obligations with the self, society and the state. Through these columns and their writers, the book examines the tensions that characterize such relationships, how the formal and informal interpenetrate, how the past and present are reconciled, and how the local and transnational collide but also collude in the making of the Kenyan identity.

About the authors

George Ogola is Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Popular Anxieties, Popular Expressions: An Introduction

    Ogola, George

    Pages 1-21

  • Re-reading the ‘Popular’ in African Popular Culture

    Ogola, George

    Pages 23-37

  • Recuperating the ‘Popular’ in Kenyan Literature

    Ogola, George

    Pages 39-52

  • Popular Fiction and the Popular Press in Kenya

    Ogola, George

    Pages 53-65

  • Whispers and the Politics of the Everyday

    Ogola, George

    Pages 67-88

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49097-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49096-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-84083-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Popular Media in Kenyan History
Book Subtitle
Fiction and Newspapers as Political Actors
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49097-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49097-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49096-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84083-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 180
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