A text that reveals the value and significance of community media in an era of global communication

With contributions from an international team of well-known experts, media activists, and promising young scholars, this comprehensive volume examines community-based media from theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives. More than 30 original essays provide an incisive and timely analysis of the relationships between media and society, technology and culture, and communication and community.

Key Features

  • Provides vivid examples of community and alternative media initiatives from around the world
  • Explores a wide range of media institutions, forms, and practices—community radio, participatory video, street newspapers, Independent Media Centers, and community informatics
  • Offers cutting-edge analysis of community and alternative media with original essays from new, emerging, and established voices in the field
  • Takes a multidimensional approach to community media studies by highlighting the social, economic, cultural, and political significance of alternative, independent, and community-oriented media organizations
  • Enters the ongoing debates regarding the theory and practice of community media in a comprehensive and engaging fashion

Intended Audience

This core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Community Media, Alternative Media, Media & Social Change, Communication & Culture, and Participatory Communication in the departments of communication, media studies, sociology, and cultural studies.

Communication Politics

Communication Politics
Communication politics

In the previous section, we considered the relationship between grassroots media and movements committed to sociopolitical change. As we have seen, community media have played a pivotal role in collective efforts to create more just and equitable societies. Scholars refer to this process as “democratization through the media.” In this section, we look at the flipside of this equation—what has been described as “democratization of the media” (Carroll & Hackett, 2006; Wasco & Mosco, 1992).

Specifically, we explore community media's role in the struggle to create a more accountable, responsible, and representative media culture. To that end, this part demonstrates community media's significance to local, national, and increasingly transnational efforts to reform and remake contemporary media systems. In the chapters that follow, contributors ...

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