China, Africa And The Re-Shaping Of Information Society: New Media, New Politics


by Gagliardone, Iginio

Price:  US$30.74   (SGD42.70*)
Format:  Paper Back, 192 pages
Published:  2019, United Kingdom, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9781783605224
SB#:  062526 (171)

About This Book

China is transforming Africa's information space. It is assisting African broadcasters with extensive loans, training and exchange programmes and has set up its own media operations on the continent in the form of CCTV Africa. In the telecommunications sector, China is helping African governments to expand access to the internet and mobile phones, with rapid and large-scale success. This highly original book demonstrates how China is both contributing to the 'Africa rising' narrative while exploiting the weaknesses of Western approaches to Africa, which remain trapped between an emphasis on stability and service delivery, on the one hand, and the desire to advocate human rights and freedom of expression on the other. Arguing no state can be understood without attention to its information structure, the book provides the first assessment of China's new model for the media strategies of developing states, and the consequences of policing Africa's information space for geopolitics, security and citizenship.


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