1st ed. - New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
xx, 259 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -252) and index.
pt. 1. Introduction. General introduction: Civic challenge of ruling elite via new digital media in Africa
pt. 2. The setting. Private-public sphere: civic engagement, new media and democracy theory ; The "wave" and "spring" metaphors in networks' struggle for change ; Civic engagement, the African state and political reform ; Power and influence in the digital age: new challenges to state hegemony
pt. 3. Continental trends and networks. Platforms and applications diffusion: civic engagement and ICT trends ; Identity and issue networks: new media, politics of belonging and change
pt. 4. A tale of two countries: Kenya and Zambia. La luta continua: transition and disillusionment in the "second liberation" and the "third republic" ; Civic actors and the struggle for change: precursors to new social movements in Kenya and Zambia ; Unmuzzling old dogs to bark anew far and wide ; Perceptions of Kenyan and Zambian urban civic actors on their new media use in political realms
pt. 5. Conclusion. Civic engagement, digital networks, and political reform in an increasingly open digital media environment.