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Popular Media in Kenyan History

Fiction and Newspapers as Political Actors


  • Provides a thoroughly interdisciplinary analysis of the the relationship between African historical methods of censure in the media with contemporary African political decisions

  • Examines rare primary source material unavailable to most scholars of African studies

  • Explores the broader historical, intellectual, and literary traditions within which popular fiction in Kenya is produced


Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

About this book


The book examines popular fiction columns, a dominant feature in Kenyan newspapers, published in the twentieth century and examines their historical and cultural impact on Kenyan politics. The book interrogates how popular cultural forms such as popular fiction engage with and subject the polity to constant critique through informal but widely recognized cultural forms of censure. The book further explores the ways we see and experience how the African subaltern, through the everyday, negotiate their rights and obligations with the self, society and the state. Through these columns and their writers, the book examines the tensions that characterize such relationships, how the formal and informal interpenetrate, how the past and present are reconciled, and how the local and transnational collide but also collude in the making of the Kenyan identity. 


history of popular culture in Kenya media and fiction in Africa Wahome Mutahi African subaltern newspapers in African history

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

George Ogola is Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Popular Media in Kenyan History
  • Book Subtitle Fiction and Newspapers as Political Actors
  • Authors George Ogola
  • Series Title African Histories and Modernities
  • Series Abbreviated Title African Histories and Modernities
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-49096-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84083-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-49097-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 180
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Sub-Saharan Africa
    African Culture
    African Politics
    African Literature
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