Communication for Social Change: Context, Social Movements and the Digital is a critical introduction to communication for social change (CSC) theory. The book presents refreshingly new perspectives and specifically makes the case for CSC theory to factor in context, leanings from social movements and a critique of the digital technology. This book offers perspectives on the historical continuities within this field of study along with the departures that have been hastened and shaped by confluences between ideas and practice as well as by digital technology and social movements. It introduces readers to a raft of new theorists of CSC and puts forth new thinking, new ideas, and a new basis for theorisation of communication for social change.

Dealing with Context
Dealing with context

The two chapters in this section, namely Chapters 2 and 3, explore the need for CSC theory to factor in ‘context’. Understanding context is an imperative, given that contexts for CSC interventions differ, and that understanding contexts enables one to shape interventions that are based on an understanding of local circumstances, cultures, institutions, hierarchies, power flows, and possibilities and opportunities for communication to make a difference in the lives of communities. It highlights the context of a marginalised indigenous community, the Irulas, who live precarious lives on the edges of globalising Chennai, India. Chapter 3 highlights Maoist destruction of telecom infrastructure as an act of defiance against the state's attempt to impose development without any prior attempts to understand ...

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