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.
Chapter 3: Anti-context: Infrastructure Struggles in India: Between Maoism and the State
The control of communications in the context of conflicts between and within nations, manifested through espionage, cultivation of informers, disruption of enemy communications, decryption of enemy messages and investments in communications that are undetectable to the enemy, has been an aspect of military strategy from time immemorial (see Agubor, Chukwudebe and Nosiri 2015). The disabling of infrastructure has been a key objective of wars, and the processes, means and technologies of espionage have been used to detect infrastructure and enemy vulnerabilities, with a special emphasis given to communications. An example of the direct disablement of communications is that of the British Navy and their cable ...