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Title:The time of the leaflet: pamphlets and political communication in the UPA (Northern Angola, around 1961)
Author:Brinkman, IngeISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute (ISSN 0001-9720)
Volume:85
Issue:2
Pages:221-244
Language:English
Geographic term:Angola
Subjects:pamphlets
nationalism
1961
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S000197201400103X
Abstract:In March 1961, war broke out in Northern Angola. The Portuguese authorities attributed the violence to the UPA - a nationalist movement led by Northern Angolan immigrants resident in Congo. The movement's leadership tried to keep in contact with its (potential) followers in Northern Angola by various means, pamphlets being one of the most important. Written for a local audience, these pamphlets provide an insight into the inner lines of communication - and internal hierarchies - of the nationalist movement. By using Darnton's 'communication circuit' model, this article investigates the processes of writing, distributing and reading the pamphlets and analyses their generic characteristics, and their position in a tradition of regional popular literacy. In so doing, an interpretation is offered of the social history of the pamphlets: they are treated as a historical subject in their own right. While they can be read as anti-colonial tracts, it is shown that the pamphlets' main concern is to establish the mandate of a leadership in exile over a constituency in Northern Angola. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French [Journal abstract]
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