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 5: Learning from a Social Movement: The Case of the Right to Information Movement
As in CSC, scholars working on societal issues in India, just as scholars in other parts of the non-Western world, have had little choice but to employ theoretical and conceptual frameworks that are Western in origin. Arguably the many buzzwords in CSC, including ‘participation’ and ‘empowerment’, can only be validated within the specificities of context that varies from culture to culture. With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that many of these frameworks have generated knowledge on Indian realities although ‘translation’ by no means has been unproblematic. The inability of scholars from a Marxian persuasion to ignore caste ...