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by Brian Larkin

Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
Author: Brian Larkin
ISBN: 0822340909
ISBN13: 978-0822340904
Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press Books (March 31, 2008)
Pages: 328
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Brian Larkin is a major new voice in the study of media as lived infrastructure in a world of uneven connectivity. Arjun Appadurai, author of Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger.

Brian Larkin is a major new voice in the study of media as lived infrastructure in a world of uneven connectivity.

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In this groundbreaking work, Brian Larkin provides a history and ethnography of media in Nigeria, asking what media theory looks like when Nigeria rather than a European nation or the United States is taken as the starting point.

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3. Description this book Mainstream media and film theory are based on the ways that media technologies operate in Europe and the United States.

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In Brian Larkin 's provocative Signal and Noise : Media, Infrastructure, and Urban Culture in Nigeria, the case is more complicated. According to Larkin, nowhere in Nigeria was this more the case than in Kano, a Hausa city in the predominantly Muslim northern region of the country. It was in Kano that British colonial authorities began experimenting with radio broadcast networks and mobile cinema units during the late 1930s and early 1940s. TERM Spring '14. PROFESSOR PamelaG.

Mainstream media and film theory are based on the ways that media technologies operate in Europe and the United States. In this groundbreaking work, Brian Larkin provides a history and ethnography of media in Nigeria, asking what media theory looks like when Nigeria rather than a European nation or the United States is taken as the starting point. Concentrating on the Muslim city of Kano in the north of Nigeria, Larkin charts how the material qualities of technologies and the cultural ambitions they represent feed into the everyday experiences of urban Nigeria.

Media technologies were introduced to Nigeria by colonial regimes as part of an attempt to shape political subjects and create modern, urban Africans. Larkin considers the introduction of media along with electric plants and railroads as part of the wider infrastructural project of colonial and postcolonial urbanism. Focusing on radio networks, mobile cinema units, and the building of cinema theaters, he argues that what media come to be in Kano is the outcome of technology’s encounter with the social formations of northern Nigeria and with norms shaped by colonialism, postcolonial nationalism, and Islam. Larkin examines how media technologies produce the modes of leisure and cultural forms of urban Africa by analyzing the circulation of Hindi films to Muslim Nigeria, the leisure practices of Hausa cinemagoers in Kano, and the dynamic emergence of Nigerian video films. His analysis highlights the diverse, unexpected media forms and practices that thrive in urban Africa. Signal and Noise brings anthropology and media together in an original analysis of media’s place in urban life.

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