Converged Radio, Youth and Urbanity in Africa: Emerging trends and perspectives

Stanley Tsarwe, Sarah Chiumbu

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This book explores the convergence of urban radio with digital media technologies in Africa, focusing on how youth are riding on the rapid (though uneven) internet rollout on the continent to participate and drive the production and consumption of urban radio. With thirteen original chapters, the book sheds new light on the changing landscape of radio in a diverse set of African countries, illustrated with rich case studies from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Eswatini, Nigeria and Kenya. This book covers the following themes: youth agency and cultural power; civic engagement and political participation; youth, identity and belonging; youth cultural expressions as well as the impact of capitalist imperatives on commercial radio programing in Africa. Vibrant and innovative, Converged Radio, Youth and Urbanity in Africa reveals the creation of a new public sphere, through which African youth project their voices and identities, participating in and shaping national discourse.​

Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages250
ISBN (Electronic)9783031194177
ISBN (Print)9783031194160
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • African youth
  • Internet communication technology
  • Mobile phones
  • Podcasting
  • Smartphones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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