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.

Examining the Successes and Struggles of New Zealand's Māori TV

Examining the Successes and Struggles of New Zealand's Māori TV

Examining the successes and struggles of New Zealand's Māori TV
Rita L.Rahoi-Gilchrest

Many researchers over the past 20 years have commented on the disenfranchisement of indigenous voices by media and the dominant groups that control such media. This has, until recently, been true of the mediated coverage and inclusion of New Zealand's Māori population (comprising 12.5% of New Zealand's 4 million citizens, according to the BBC News Service, “NZ Launches”, 2004). To offer a better understanding of the greater significance of New Zealand's struggles to represent and include indigenous voices, this chapter first presents a brief history of global indigenous broadcasting, then moves on to the specific details of the struggle for representation in New Zealand and ...

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