Book: ‘Radio in Africa’

    | October 15, 2012

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    The recent book, “Radio in Africa” breaks new ground by discussing the multiple roles of radio in the lives of listeners in Anglophone, Francophone or Portuguese-speaking communities in Africa. Some essays cover the history of radio, while others show that, although radio can generate new tensions, it can also create new listening communities that radically shift opinion and activity. Radio also helps foster robust public debates, playing a central role in the emergence of informed publics in fragile national spaces.

    The book also highlights radio’s links to the new media, its role in resistance to oppressive regimes, and points to the importance of African languages in building modern communities that embrace both local and global knowledge.

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