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Title:Zimbabwean diaspora politics and the power of laughter: humour as a tool for political communication, criticism and protest
Author:Kuhlmann, Jenny
Year:2012
Periodical:Journal of African Media Studies (ISSN 1751-7974)
Volume:4
Issue:3
Pages:295-314
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:politics
diasporas
cartoons
humour
Abstract:Zimbabwean journalists and civil society activists in the diaspora have employed humour not merely to mock or ridicule, but also to conscientize people, and to raise attention for and awareness of the situation in Zimbabwe, including the social, economic and political realities and everyday life concerns and hardships experienced by ordinary people in the country. This article explores how diasporic Zimbabweans have made use of the freedoms in their current locations and of new media and other means of communication to express their dissatisfaction with the Zimbabwean government and the state of affairs in their home country through satire and related forms of political humour. The article focuses particularly on the dissemination of cartoons and satirical messages from liberal host countries through the Internet. It is argued that political humour in the Zimbabwean diaspora has a counter-discursive function and serves as a medium of communicating dissent. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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