Thirteen Ways of Reading African Popular Culture

Authored by: Grace A Musila

Routledge Handbook of African Popular Culture

Print publication date:  May  2022
Online publication date:  May  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367483869
eBook ISBN: 9781003080855
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From as far back as the second half of the twentieth century, different disciplines of African studies have turned their attention to African popular arts and cultural productions as major sites of meaning-making. This is in recognition of the influential role these forms and practices play in shaping people’s thoughts, values and aspirations. Although scholars prioritise specific disciplinary investments, there is broad consensus that popular cultural formations convene valuable platforms for working through questions of everyday life, while mapping futures, desires and aspirations.

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