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.
Digital Interventions in Social Change: Opportunities and Challenges
While Chapters 6, 7 and 8 in this section highlight contemporary digital affordances, Chapter 9 deals with the obverse of digital plenty—electronic waste (e-waste). Chapter 6 highlights issues to do with digital humanitarianism, specifically the role played by Big Data in the context of human-made and natural disasters. While access to mobile phones potentially enables people to contribute to the alleviation of ‘distant suffering’, how to sieve good data from bad remains an issue in the context of its uses within digital humanitarianism. Chapter 7 explores community telecoms, in particular Telecomunicaciones Indigenas Communitarias (TIC) in Mexico that is based on a partnership between a local community and an NGO ...