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Title:Queer agency in Kenya's digital media
Author:Mwangi, EvanISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:social media
political action
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2014.49
Abstract:Although scholars have noted the rising potentials for democracy in Africa as a result of increased use of digital media and mobile technologies, there seems to be a disregard or disavowal of queerness as part of that growing democratic space, as well as a related tendency to regard African culture solely in terms of mainstream writing and journalism. This article seeks to bridge this gap in the scholarship by means of a discourse analysis of comments about queer identities that can be found in the digital media (Facebook, chat rooms, blogs, YouTube comments, and online newspaper feedback) in contemporary Kenya. Following work on queer arts and 'low' theory, the article explores the possibilities offered by the Internet to challenge homophobia in Kenya. While acknowledging that digital-media venues contain more homophobia than mainstream media (books, television, newspapers) in terms of intensity and quantity, the article demonstrates that they also offer a unique platform in which gay people can respond to homophobic representations of their experiences and desires. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]