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 6: Digital Humanitarianism: Challenges and Opportunities
In the context of CSC, digital humanitarianism, while acknowledged, has yet to become mainstreamed as an area for focused study. Arguably, this is a relatively new area in which digital affordances have become quite central to crisis/disaster information gathering, processing and responding. What I would like to do in this chapter and in the following chapters that deal with the digital in development and social change is to quite intentionally highlight the specific materialities of the digital, and to highlight the need for CSC theorists to take seriously the variabilities in digital practices in development that are shaped by power and political economy as much as by the availability of digital innovations and possibilities.
Digital humanitarianism ...