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Title:E-spaces: e-politics
Editor:Radloff, JenniferISNI
Periodical:Feminist Africa (ISSN 1726-460X)
City of publisher:Rondebosch
Publisher:African Gender Institute
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
South Africa
Subjects:information technology
mobile telephone
Abstract:This issue of 'Feminist Africa' focuses on the implications of global digitisation for Africa, from a feminist perspective. It presents different examples of African women's contribution to the global digital arena, in a word 'cyberfeminism'. In her article on mobile technologies and feminist politics, Brenda Nyandiko Sanya engages with the ways that mobile phones in Kenya have the potential to circulate indigenous feminisms, cultures and cultural products. Nyx McLean, in her case study of the 2012 Joburg Pride 'clash', shows how on digital and online platforms sentiments around issues such as the de-politicisation or commercialisation of Pride in South Africa become visible in a way that is not always possible offline. Desiree Lewis et al provide critical reflections on the generational challenges arising in social media, noting how the assimilation of a few women into positions of structural power undermines feminist politics when such individuals do not care to advocate for the interests of other women. In her article on radio and rural women in Zimbabwe, Selina Mudavanhu challenges a popular notion that new communication technologies have rendered radio redundant. Next to these feature articles, the issue includes profiles of initiatives, interviews with key figures, and opinion pieces in the area of 'cyberfeminism'. [ASC Leiden abstract]