Popular Media in Kenyan History

Fiction and Newspapers as Political Actors
1st ed. 2017. Buch. xii, 180 S.: Bibliographien. Hardcover
Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-3-319-49096-0
Format (B x L): 14,8 x 21 cm
Gewicht: 380 g
In englischer Sprache
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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.
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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