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Cryptopolitics: Exposure, Concealment, and Digital Media

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Exposure, Concealment, and Digital Media

Edited by Victoria Bernal, Katrien Pype, and Daivi Rodima-Taylor

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253 pages, 3 figs., 1 table, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-029-9 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (July 2023)

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“The strength of the book lies in its demonstration of how political and social practices are always anchored in local sociality, as well as understanding that the roles of social media in contemporary Africa are important to understand what is going on.” • Jo Helle-Valle, Oslo Metropolitan University


Hidden information, double meanings, double-crossing, and the constant processes of encoding and decoding messages have always been important techniques in negotiating social and political power dynamics. Yet these tools, “cryptopolitics,” are transformed when used within digital media. Focusing on African societies, Cryptopolitics brings together empirically grounded studies of digital media toconsider public culture, sociality, and power in all its forms, illustrating the analytical potential of cryptopolitics to elucidate intimate relationships, political protest, and economic strategies in the digital age.

Victoria Bernal is a cultural anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Her articles and chapters have appeared in various collections as well as in anthropological, African Studies, and interdisciplinary journals including American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, American Anthropologist, Global Networks, Comparative Studies in Society and History, African Studies Review, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

Katrien Pype is a cultural anthropologist and works at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at KU Leuven University. She is mainly interested in media, popular culture, and technology. Her monograph, The Making of the Pentecostal Melodrama. Religion, Media, and Gender in Kinshasa was published with Berghahn Books (2012). Pype also co-edited, with Jaco Hoffman, Aging in Sub-Saharan Africa: Spaces and Practices of Care (2016, Policy Press).

Daivi Rodima-Taylor is a social anthropologist and researcher at the African Studies Center of the Pardee School of Global Studies of Boston University. Her research focuses on the intersection of financial technology and human economies. She recently co-edited the volume Land and the Mortgage: History, Culture, Belonging (Berghahn Books, 2022) and the special issue Fintech in Africa (Journal of Cultural Economy, 2022).

Subject: Anthropology (General)Media Studies
Area: Africa

Cryptopolitics Edited by Victoria Bernal, Katrien Pype, and Daivi Rodima-Taylor is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from the FWO (Fund for Scientific Research in Flanders).

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OA ISBN: 978-1-80539-033-6


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