NEW BOOK: Radio in Africa: Publics, Cultures, Communities

Radio in Africa: Publics, Cultures, Communities
edited by Liz Gunner, Dina Ligaga and Dumisani Moyo

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Radio has been called ‘Africa’s medium’. Its wide accessibility is a
result of a number of factors, including the liberalisation policies of
the ‘third wave’ of democracy and its ability to transcend the barriers
of cost, geographical boundaries, the colonial linguistic heritage and
low literacy levels. This sets it apart from other media platforms in
facilitating political debate, shaping identities and assisting
listeners as they negotiate the challenges of everyday life on the
continent.

Radio in Africa breaks new ground by bringing together essays on the
multiple roles of radio in the lives of listeners in Anglophone,
Lusophone and Francophone Africa. Some essays turn to the history of
radio and its part in the culture and politics of countries such as
Angola and South Africa. Others – such as the essay on Mali, gender and
religion – show how radio throws up new tensions yet endorses social
innovation and the making of new publics.

A number of essays look to radio’s current role in creating listening
communities that radically shift the nature of the public sphere. Essays
on the genre of the talk show in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa point to
radio’s role in creating a robust public sphere. Radio’s central role in
the emergence of informed publics in fragile national spaces is covered
in essays on the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia. The book also
highlights radio’s links to the new media, its role in resistance to
oppressive regimes such as Zimbabwe, and points in several cases – for
example in the essay on Uganda – to the importance of African languages
in building modern communities that embrace both local and global
knowledge.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Soundscapes of Radio in Africa

I. RADIO, POPULAR DEMOCRACY AND NEW PUBLICS

Wisdom J. Tettey: Talk Radio and Politics in Ghana: Exploring Civic and
(Un)Civil Discourse in the Public Sphere

Christopher Joseph Odhiambo: From Diffusion to Dialogic Space: FM Radio
Stations in Kenya

Dumisani Moyo: Contesting Mainstream Media Power: Mediating the Zimbabwe
Crisis through Clandestine Radio

Dorothea E. Schulz: Equivocal Resonances: Islamic Revival and Female
Radio ‘Preachers’ in Urban Mali

II. THE CULTURES OF RADIO: LANGUAGES OF THE EVERYDAY

Scott Straus: What Is the Relationship between Hate Radio and Violence?
Rethinking Rwanda’s ‘Radio Machete’

Winston Mano: Why Radio is Africa’s Medium of Choice in the Global Age

Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi: Bantustan Identity, Censorship and
Subversion on Northern Sotho Radio under Apartheid, 1960s-1980s

David B. Coplan: South African Radio in a Saucepan

Dina Ligaga: Radio Theatre: The Moral Play in the Historical Context of
State Control and Censorship in Kenya

Liz Gunner: Zulu Radio Drama and the Modern Subject – Restless
Identities in South Africa in the 1970s

III. RADIO AND COMMUNITY: VOICES OF CHANGE

Stephanie Wolters: Radio Okapi – 100% Congolese

Tanja Bosch: Talk Radio, Democracy and the Public Sphere: 567MW in Cape
Town

Maria Frahm-Arp: Radio and Religion: The Shaping of Religious Discourse

Stephen R. Davis: Voices from Without: The African National Congress,
its Radio, its Allies and Exile, 1960-1984

Marissa J. Moorman: Airing the Politics of Nation: Radio in Angola, Past
and Present

David Smith: Radio in Zones of Conflict – Abnormal Measures for Abnormal
Circumstances

Monica B. Chibita: Multiple Publics, Multiple Languages: Radio and the
Contestations of Broadcasting Language Policy in Uganda

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