In the name of of Allah the Merciful

Social Media and Digital Dissidence in Zimbabwe

Trust Matsilele, 3031084020, 978-3031084027, 9783031084027, B0BCDT7N1D, 978-3-031-08402-7, 978-3-031-08403-4

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English | 2022 | PDF

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This book proposes a new theorisation when studying cyber dissidents in an African digital sphere. It argues that social media dissidents are a recent development in a long lineage of dissidents in African societies. Using Zimbabwe as a case study, the study locates contemporary dissidents in the same family with other historical dissident figures found in African orature, the Chimurenga wars, through music, poetry and other forms of expression. The book argues against techno-deterministic approaches to studying social media-born digital dissidence in Africa. It is aimed at scholars dedicated to studying social media movements in African contexts and the global south generally, prompting them to re-evaluate their earlier conclusions and adopt a more nuanced and contextspecific approach.