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Title:Twittering the Boko Haram uprising in Nigeria: investigating pragmatic acts in the social media
Authors:Chiluwa, InnocentISNI
Adegoke, AdetunjiISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Africa Today (ISSN 1527-1978)
Volume:59
Issue:3
Pages:83-102
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:social media
terrorism
public opinion
Islamic movements
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v059/59.3.chiluwa.pdf
Abstract:This paper investigates pragmatic acts in the discourse of tweeters and online feedback comments on the activities of Boko Haram, a radical Islamic group in Nigeria. The tweets and comments illustrate acts used to express revolutionary feelings and reflect what people say and imply in times of crisis. Tweets about Boko Haram are speech and pragmatic acts that denounce the Nigerian government, reject Western education, and call for support. Tweets and reactions from non-Muslims and nonradical Muslims condemn terrorism and denounce the terrorist group. While some tweets simply offer suggestions on how to curtail the Boko Haram insurgency, others seek the breakup of Nigeria, granting political and religious independence to the north and the southeast of the country. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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