Mediated Political Agency in Contested Africa

Authored by: Mirjam de Bruijn

The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138940918
eBook ISBN: 9781315673974
Adobe ISBN: 9781317377788


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In Figure 36.1, A, an illiterate herder living in the desert region of Central Mali, shows a short film on his son’s smartphone of the arrival of the Tuareg liberation movement (MNLA) in Boni. It is 2012 and Northern Mali is at war. The region where A lives was occupied by the MNLA and later, the same year, by a Jihadist movement MUJAO. It is a mediated war (de Bruijn et al. 2015). We are observing profound changes in the experience of war and conflict in West and Central Africa.

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