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 1: Communication for Social Change: An Extended Introduction and Critique
This short book provides an update on the theory and practice of communication for social change (CSC). It offers insights into both the historical continuities within this field of study and the departures that have been hastened and shaped by new conjunctions between ideas and practice as well as by technology, context, social movements and social change. This volume includes chapters that specifically focus on the affordances, opportunities and limitations of digital interventions in CSC today. However, and against the rather typical tendency to celebrate the digital, the chapters in this volume engage critically with the digital and make a case for understanding digital actionings within ...