Tuning in to pavement radio

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Tuning in to pavement radio

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Tuning in to pavement radio
Author: Ellis, S.
Journal Title: African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Issue: 352
Volume: 88
Start Page: 321
End Page: 330
Pages: 10
Issue Date: 1989
Keywords: Africa
communication
history
Abstract: This article describes a phenomenon known all over Africa, for which there is no really satisfactory term in English but which is summed up in the French term 'radio trottoir', literally 'pavement radio'. It may be defined as the popular and unofficial discussion of current affairs in Africa, particularly in towns. Unlike the press, television or radio, pavement radio is not controlled by any identifiable individual, institution or group of people. An examination of the social role and pedigree of pavement radio reveals it to be qualitatively different from either rumour or gossip and to have a quite different social and political function from its counterpart in Europe. It is also different from mere rumour in its choice of subject, often discussing matters of public interest or importance which have been the subject of no official announcement. Pavement radio should be seen in the light of oral tradition and treated as a descendant of the more formal oral histories associated with ruling dynasties and national rituals. 
Uri: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/9013
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/9013
 

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