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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.

Dalitbahujan Women's Autonomous Video
Dalitbahujan women's autonomous video

This chapter examines the video-based media of a group of Dalit women farmers from Andhra Pradesh, India, who belong to a media cooperative they have named the Community Media Trust (CMT). They have been active as videographers for 7 years now and have made more than 100 videos. Their work is regularly screened in their own communities and in farming villages throughout the district of Medak through an institution of their own creation, the annual traveling biodiversity jathara. Their videos circulate nationally and internationally in VCD format through development and environmentalist social movement solidarity networks and have been screened at major Indian congresses bringing together environmental scientists, agricultural policy makers, nongovernmental organizations, and subaltern farmers. All their videos ...

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