Radio in Africa

Publics, Cultures, Communities
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  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Dimensions and Pages: 235 x 155mm, 368 pp
  • EAN: 9781868145508
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): 100.00

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.

Liz Gunner is Visiting Professor at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) and Dina Ligaga a lecturer in the Department of Media Studies, both at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Dumisani Moyo is Research and Publications Manager at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Soundscapes of Radio in Africa

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

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


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


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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