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.
Part 2: What can CSC Theory Learn from Social Movements
While Chapter 4 provides an introduction to social movement theory, some of the theorists who have contributed to an understanding of the theory and contemporary networked movements such as Anonymous, Chapter 5 on the RTI movement in India specifically highlights the ways in which empowering communication was operationalised within this movement through novel methods such as the ‘public hearing’ that enabled people's voices to be heard. This chapter introduces readers to the concept of ‘voice’, and to indigenous contentious actions such as the ‘public hearing’ that have played an important role in informing, educating and empowering local communities. Social movements throughout the world have experimented with democratic formations and ...