Social Media and Elections in Africa, Volume 2

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Martin N. Ndlela
  • Winston Mano

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Pauline Mateveke, Rosemary Chikafa-Chipiro
    Pages 9-29
  3. Florence Namasinga Selnes, Kristin Skare Orgeret
    Pages 31-58
  4. Dalien René Benecke, Sonja Verwey
    Pages 135-151
  5. Shepherd Mpofu, Admire Mare
    Pages 153-173
  6. Sunday Ogbonna, Achike C. Okafo
    Pages 203-222
  7. Siyasanga M. Tyali, Rofhiwa F. Mukhudwana
    Pages 245-269
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 271-274

About this book


This book, the second of two volumes, explores the challenges and opportunities presented by the increased presence of social media within African politics. Electoral processes in Africa have assumed new dimensions due to the influence of social media. As social media permeates different aspects of elections, it is ostensibly creating new challenges and opportunities. Most evident are the challenges of hate speech, misogyny and incivility. This book considers the impact of digital media before, during, and after elections, as well as authorities' attempts to legislate and regulate the internet in response. Contributions to this volume analyse social media posts, transgressive images, newspaper articles, and include case studies of Algeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda. This results in the delivery of an original depiction of the use of social media in a variety of African contexts. This book will appeal to academics and students of media and communication studies, political studies, journalism, sociology, and African studies. 


social media African elections political communication democratisation digital media

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin N. Ndlela
    • 1
  • Winston Mano
    • 2
  1. 1.Inland Norway University of Applied SciencesElverumNorway
  2. 2.Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI)University of WestminsterHarrow CampusUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-32681-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-32682-1
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