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Media and Identity in Africa$
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Kimani Njogu and John F M Middleton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635221

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635221.001.0001

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Bringing Change Through Laughter: Cartooning in Kenya

Bringing Change Through Laughter: Cartooning in Kenya

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(p.275) 23 Bringing Change Through Laughter: Cartooning in Kenya
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Media and Identity in Africa
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Patrick Gathara

Mary Kabura Wanjau

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635221.003.0023

Popular culture can both entertain and contribute to social change. Cartoons and comics constitute a pop-cultural tool of visual communication that is gaining in popularity and use. The modern daily newspaper strip and political cartoon participates in what is, in fact, an ancient art form and mode of expression. Cartoon images are generally impressionistic and economical, communicating through the visual invocation of experience shared by both the creator and the intended audience. The visual presentation constitutes a kind of shorthand, allowing the cartoonist to alternately raise questions, make statements, appeal and persuade. This chapter discusses the cartoonist's toolkit, a brief history of political cartooning, cartooning in Kenya and comics as tools of social change.

Keywords:   social change, popular culture, comics, cartoonists, political cartoons

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