Variegated Voices - power, dominance and inequality: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the 2017 general elections in Kenya

Michael Omondi Owiso

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Public perceptions through various social media such as the WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook as well as general public conversations in places of worship, bars, market places, churches, streets, funerals, public gatherings and interest group meetings during the election period of 2017 are a reflection of public cynicism about the voices of different actors within the Kenyan socio-political milieu. This article is an analysis of documents, reports, press-statements and releases, letters, contents of newspaper coverage, judiciary petitions and judgments as well as other public reports and documents produced by political parties, civil society organisations, government and government-related agencies, business communities and, representatives of the international community/external international actors, on various aspects of the electoral process in the period May 1 to December 1, 2017. Based on secondary literature, the paper adopts a critical discourse analytic frame in discussing the emergent relations of power, dominance and inequality depicted in this discourse. The paper therefore discusses the role of such discourse in legitimating structures and strategies of dominance in order to uncover the real and implicit manipulation by the elite in order to maintain status quo. The contribution concludes that a critical view of the public pronouncements by various actors reveals the commitment on their part to continue in the perpetuation of the social inequalities found in the structure of society.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
StatusUnder udarbejdelse - 2019

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