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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.

Mapping Communication Patterns between Romani Media and Romani NGOs in the Republic of Macedonia
Mapping communication patterns between Romani media and Romani NGOs in the Republic of Macedonia

Since its independence in 1991, the Republic of Macedonia, like many former socialist countries, has seen a proliferation of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and nongovernmentally regulated media.1 Due to the cultural and linguistic diversity of Macedonia and its history of state-supported multicultural identity, many of these organizations and media were founded to, and purport to, serve specific ethnic groups. According to existing literature and the experience of other former Yugoslavian states (notably Serbia and Bosnia), one would expect cooperation between the NGOs and independent media that target these specific ethnic groups (Brunnbauer & Grandits, 1999; Downing, 1996). We might ...

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