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Civic engagement, digital networks, and political reform in Africa /
Okoth Fred Mudhai.
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New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
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xx, 259 p.
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0230117929 (hbk.), 9780230117921 (hbk.)
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New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
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0230117929 (hbk.)
9780230117921 (hbk.)
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Part I. Introduction -- 1. General introduction: Civic challenge of ruling elite via new digital media in Africa -- Part II. The setting -- 2. Private-public sphere: civic engagement, new media and democracy theory -- 3. The "wave" and "spring" metaphors in networks' struggle for change -- 4. Civic engagement, the African state and political reform -- 5. Power and influence in the digital age: new challenges to state hegemony -- Part III. Continental trends and networks -- 6. Platforms and applications diffusion: civic engagement and ICT trends -- 7. Identity and issue networks: new media, politics of belonging and change -- Part IV. A tale of two countries--Kenya and Zambia -- 8. La luta continua: transition and disillusionment in the "second liberation" and the "third republic" -- 9. Civic actors and the struggle for change: precursors to new social movements in Kenya and Zambia -- 10. Unmuzzling old dogs to bark anew far and wide -- 11. Perceptions of Kenyan and Zambian urban civic actors on their new media use in political realms -- Part V. Conclusion -- 12. Civic engagement, digital networks and political reform in an increasingly open digital media environment.
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8729149
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Okoth Fred Mudhai is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media at Coventry University, UK, on research secondment (2012-2014) to Cambridge University's Department of Politics and International Studies. He has written research papers and memos on ICT and politics as a member of the IT and Civil Society Network of the IT and International Cooperation Program, US Social Science Research Council (2003-2005). At the 2005 Tunis World Summit on the Information Society, he received a Media Award from Panos London and Global Knowledge Partnership. He was also a category runner-up in the 2007 African Information Society Initiative Media Awards. His recent publications include journal article "Immediacy and openness in a digital Africa: Networked-convergent journalisms in Kenya" (2011) in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, co-editorship (with F. Banda and W. Tettey) of African Media and the Digital Public Sphere (2009), as well as co-editorship (with H.M. Mabweazara and J. Whittaker) of Online Journalism in Africa (2013).
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A critical look at the links between civil actors, new media, and political change, using case studies from Africa, particularly urban, political, non-state actors in Kenya and Zambia.
Description for Bookstore
This book takes a critical look at claims, developments, and initiatives linking CSOs, new media, and democracy
Long Description
Interest in the relationship between Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the context of electoral and change politics in Africa has intensified recently among donors, scholars, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). This book takes a critical look at claims, developments and initiatives linking CSOs, new media, and democracy. Based on research carried out among urban political non-governmental actors in Nairobi and Lusaka, and observations of trends in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the author argues that ICTs enhance the efficiency and operations of CSOs and make it easier for them to overcome ideological and other state obstacles but that states still remain powerful controllers of key instruments of dominance thus making real impact of new media minimal.
Main Description
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 argu
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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 instrumentsof dominance, minimizing any impact from civic actors using these technologies.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Permission Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. xix
Introduction
General Introduction: Civic Challenge of Ruling Elite via New Digital Media in Africap. 3
The Setting
Private-Public Sphere: Civic Engagement, New Media, and Democracy Theoryp. 21
The "Wave" and "Spring" Metaphors in Networks' Struggle for Changep. 53
Civic Engagement, the African State, and Political Reformp. 69
Power and Influence in the Digital Age: New Challenges to State Hegemonyp. 75
Continental Trends and Networks
Platforms and Applications Diffusion: Civic Engagement and ICT Trendsp. 103
Identity and Issue Networks: New Media, Politics of Belonging, and Changep. 113
A Tale of Two Countries-Kenya and Zambia
La Luta Continua: Transition and Disillusionment in the "Second Liberation" and the "Third Republic"p. 125
Civic Actors and the Struggle for Change: Precursors to New Social Movements in Kenya and Zambiap. 143
Unmuzzling Old Dogs to Bark Anew Far and Widep. 155
Perceptions of Kenyan and Zambian Urban Civic Actors on their New Media Use in Political Realmsp. 175
Conclusion
Civic Engagement, Digital Networks, and Political Reform in an Increasingly Open Digital Media Environmentp. 195
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 253
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