This book is a critical study of the political economy of communications in India. It explores the ways in which contexts, policies, and processes at national and international levels shape media structures and studies how a political economy-inspired approach can be used to understand both media dominance and resistance.
The author explores aspects of colonial political economy and how it has shaped the structure of media in India and in many other countries. It also discusses liberalization, privatization, and media politics in contemporary India. Divided into three sections—structures, means, and resistance—the chapters focus on both the electronic and the print media.
The book would interest students and researchers of Indian media history, international communication, media and politics, sociology, and political economy.
Chapter 10: Resistance: Community Radio and the Right to Information Movement in India
Resistance: Community Radio and the Right to Information Movement in India
Studies on the political economy of communication have tended to remain at the level of a critique of existing media structures and processes and only occasionally have become the basis for advocacy. This has consistently been the norm and numerous studies over the years have explored many an intriguing pathway towards an understanding of the new sources of power in the media and illumined the ways in which this power has reinforced traditions of dominance by the state and the private sector over citizens. While this critique of media structures and dominant ideologies have certainly contributed towards an understanding of the complexity and the ...