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Digital Activism in the Social Media Era

Critical Reflections on Emerging Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Bruce Mutsvairo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Political Engagements in Mediated Online Communities

  3. Digital Transformations: Civic Activism in the Africa Blogsphere

  4. Gender and LGTB Movements Online: Emerging Debates

About this book


This book probes the vitality, potentiality and ability of new communication and technological changes to drive online-based civil action across Africa. In a continent booming with mobile innovation and a plethora of social networking sites, the Internet is considered a powerful platform used by pro-democracy activists to negotiate and sometimes push for reform-based political and social changes in Africa. The book discusses and theorizes digital activism within social and geo-political realms, analysing cases such as the #FeesMustFall and #BringBackOurGirls campaigns in South Africa and Nigeria respectively to question the extent to which they have changed the dynamics of digital activism in sub-Saharan Africa.  Comparative case study reflections in eight African countries identify and critique digital concepts questioning what impact they have had on the civil society. Cases also explore the African LGBT community as a social movement while discussing opportunities and challenges faced by online activists fighting for LGBT equality. Finally, gender-based activists using digital tools to gain attention and facilitate social changes are also appraised. 


mobile innovation Digital Activism social networking Internet pro-democracy activists social change political change Sub-Saharan Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Bruce Mutsvairo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences, Media Research GroupNorthumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Bruce Mutsvairo is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. 

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