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.

Coketown and its Alternative Futures

Coketown and its Alternative Futures

Coketown and its alternative futures

In January 2001, the then-U.K. New Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair launched a new policy initiative. This was contained in a document titled A New Commitment to Neighbourhood Renewal: National Strategy Action Plan (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 2001). The aim of this plan was to transform the nation's most deprived neighborhoods, using external government funds.

The action plan was drawn up following wide consultation and statistical research into deprivation across both government and wider society. Specifically, the action plan was developed from the conclusions of 18 policy action teams and their reports over the period from 1997 to 1999. These action teams looked at what could be learned from previous attempts to regenerate poor neighborhoods ...

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