Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya - African Arguments (Hardback)
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Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya - African Arguments (Hardback)

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Hardback 298 Pages / Published: 15/11/2018
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From the upheavals of recent national elections to the success of the #MyDressMyChoice feminist movement, digital platforms have already had a dramatic impact on political life in Kenya - one of the most electronically advanced countries in Africa. While the impact of the Digital Age on Western politics has been extensively debated, there is still little appreciation of how it has been felt in developing countries such as Kenya, where Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and other online platforms are increasingly a part of everyday life. Written by a respected Kenyan activist and researcher at the forefront of political online struggles, this book presents a unique contribution to the debate on digital democracy. For traditionally marginalised groups, particularly women and people with disabilities, digital spaces have allowed Kenyans to build new communities which transcend old ethnic and gender divisions. But the picture is far from wholly positive. Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics explores the drastic efforts being made by elites to contain online activism, as well as how 'fake news', a failed digital vote-counting system and the incumbent president's recruitment of Cambridge Analytica contributed to tensions around the 2017 elections. Reframing digital democracy from the African perspective, Nyabola's ground-breaking work opens up new ways of understanding our current global online era.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781786994301
Number of pages: 298
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 222 x 140 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Challenges existing scholarship on 'tech in Africa' by exploring how state agency and the politics of offline spaces have consequences for what happens online. This beautifully written book is a must-read for all researchers and journalists writing about Kenya today. * LSE Review of Books *
The book is fascinating. As an added bonus, Digital Democracy is also a highly readable introduction to Kenyan society and politics. * Oxfam Blog *
Digital Democracy delivers a powerful read on politics and social media in Africa. Nyabola's execution and writing are clear and sharp. This well-researched work marshals illustrative stories of social media in Kenya, making it an easy, quick read. * Washington Post *
Incisive, deft, and innovative, this book describes viral trends and critically expands the scholarship on Kenyan politics while bringing the social histories of marginalized Kenyans into sharper focus. * Brenda N. Sanya, Colgate University *
In this highly accessible and timely account, Nyabola moves Kenya and Kenyans from the margins of analysis to the very centre, revealing how local realities help to bring out both the worst and best of the new digital age. * Gabrielle Lynch, University of Warwick *
Anchored in an eloquent grasp of Kenyan history, Nyabola maps the contours of advances, innovations and regressions across Kenya's digital sphere. This is essential reading for understanding contemporary Kenya. * Grace A. Musila, University of the Witwatersrand *
A timely and hugely important work. It chronicles how digital disruption is also an African emancipation, allowing a generation to leapfrog from the so called Third World into the First and into an exciting beyond. * John Githongo, journalist and founder of the Inuka Kenya Trust *
A fascinating and insightful journey into Kenya's digital spaces. It is one of the few studies of social media that goes beyond the digital sphere to provide in-depth social, political, and historic context. * Maggie Dwyer, University of Edinburgh *

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