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Media, Conflict, and the State in Africa


  • Author: Nicole Stremlau, University of Johannesburg and University of Oxford
  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108446396

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  • Countries emerging from violent conflict face difficult challenges about what the role of media should be in political transitions, particularly when attempting to build a new state and balance a difficult legacy. Media, Conflict, and the State in Africa discusses how ideas, institutions and interests have shaped media systems in some of Africa's most complex state and nation-building projects. This timely book comes at a turbulent moment in global politics as waves of populist protests gain traction, and concerns continue to grow about fake news, social media echo chambers, and the increasing role of both traditional and new media in waging wars or influencing elections. Focusing on comparative cases from a historical perspective and the choices and ideas that informed the approaches of some of Africa's leaders, including guerrilla commanders Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, Nicole Stremlau offers a unique political insight into the development of contemporary media systems in Africa.

    • Allows for comparative interpretations and understanding
    • Appeals to contemporary debates about de-Westernizing communications studies, or de-colonizing curricula
    • The book will appeal to a global audience of different readers and will be relevant for a wide range of courses
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    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108446396
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.266kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Between authoritarian politics and free expression: Ethiopia
    3. The emergence of an Ethiopian developmental model
    4. Purging and politics: the challenges of institutional transformation
    5. Media, elections and polarized politics: Uganda
    6. The NRM and the decline of political ideology
    7. A new vision for the rebuilding of state institutions
    8. Media and opposition in single party politics
    9. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Nicole Stremlau, University of Johannesburg and University of Oxford
    Nicole Stremlau is Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford and Research Professor in Humanities at the University of Johannesburg. She has conducted extensive research in Eastern Africa and previously worked for a newspaper in Ethiopia. Nicole is the recipient of a European Research Council grant that examines the role of social media in conflict and migration, with a specific focus on the Somali territories. Her work has appeared in journals such as African Affairs, Third World Quarterly, Review of African Political Economy and the International Journal of Communications. She is also the co-author, with Monroe Price, of Speech and Society in Turbulent Times (Cambridge, 2017).

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