n Africa Insight - Ethnic stereotypes and the ideological manifestations of ethnicity in Kenyan cyber communities

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This article is informed by a series of Internet texts that were collected in the months leading to the 2007 general elections in Kenya. It explores the ethnic stereotype, linking it to ideas of ethnicity and power, 'othering' and the constructed nature of stereotypes. It asks a number of questions, including: Is there significance to the fact that the stereotypes under study were being circulated in the months leading to the 2007 general elections? In what ways were the subjects of the stereotypes written, and how do they betray ideological underpinnings of stereotype usage generally in Kenya?

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