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[ecrea] New media book from Edinburgh University Press

Thu Apr 09 18:55:28 GMT 2009

Media and Identity in Africa by Kimani Njogu and John F. M. Middleton is
the most recent title in the International African Seminar series
published by Edinburgh University Press on behalf of the International
African Institute.

A unique study of the media in Africa and the tensions between the
'global' and the 'local'

' extremely valuable addition to the not-very-large body of
academic writing on media in Africa... this comprehensive anthology is
timely.' Bodil Folke Frederiksen, Department of Society and
Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark

Studies of the media in Africa, incorporating both African and
international perspectives, are few. This book demonstrates how media
outlets are used to perpetuate, question or modify the unequal power
relations between the North and the South. Focusing on east Africa, the
book includes discussions of the construction of old and new social
entities, as defined by class, gender, ethnicity, political and economic
differences, wealth, poverty, cultural behaviour, language and religion.
The authors illustrate how there is increasing control by local people
of traditional and modern forms of media. Essentially, the book
describes the tensions between the global and the local, tensions not
often discussed in media studies, thus pioneering new debates.

Find full details at:

Best wishes,

Wendy Gardiner, EUP

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
Centre for Studies on Media and Culture (CeMeSO)
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