“Digital Socialization” and the “New Political Culture of Resistance” in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Youth Politics.
The diffusion of the new political culture is global, ‘faster’, ‘cheaper’ and ‘deeper’. In effect, digitalization has produced a new avenue for recruitment, socialization, and mobilization for social action including resistance as an expression of social and political discontent. However, unlike traditional forms of resistance that are built on formal social organization, movements, popular revolutions, and demonstrations which are often suppressed by the coercive force of the state, the emergency of info-communication networks have transformed political activities into covert off-street agitations, thereby shaping a new digitalized political culture of resistance. In a nutshell, this paper answers three important questions; How has digitalization socialized the youth into a new political culture and forms of social resistance? In what aspects have new forms of social resistance impacted on youth politics in Sub-Saharan Africa in particular Uganda? And, how effective is digitalized political culture of resistance and the associated forms of counter resistance.