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Title:Grassroots, participatory communication
Editor:White, Robert A.ISNI
Periodical:African Communication Research (ISSN 1821-6544)
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:mass communication
indigenous communication systems
community participation
media and communication studies
literature reviews (form)
Abstract:The question of grassroots, participatory communication touches the heart of the problem of communication in Africa. The focus of this research is not only how people in local communities communicate among themselves to solve local problems but rather how people at the grassroots level can articulate their views, needs and interests up to the district, regional and national level. There is a huge communication gap between the modernized elite sector and the vast majority who live in peasant farming, the informal economy or on the verge of survival. The problem of communication in Africa is in the structure. The basic structure of communication is still the top-down control system of the colonial period. Out of the crisis of the independence visions in the 1980s and 1990s there has gradually emerged a new discussion about what the structure of communications in Africa could possibly be. The articles in this issue of 'African Communication Research' reflect many of the major themes of this discussion. Contents: Introduction: Grassroots, participatory communication: is a new vision of communication emerging in Africa? (Robert A. White) - Review article: Ten major lines of research on grassroots, participatory communication in Africa (Robert A. White) - Research on traditional communication in Africa: the development and future directions (Des Wilson) - Blending new technology with local, indigenous cultures: a new approach to communication for rural development (Festus Tarawalie) - Nollywood films as a site for constructing contemporary African identities: the significance of village ritual scenes in Igbo films (I. Ebere Uwah) - Does national development policy encourage participatory communication? The case of Tanzania (Benedict Mongula). [ASC Leiden abstract]