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.

Ethnic Community Media and Social Change: A Case in the United States

Ethnic Community Media and Social Change: A Case in the United States

Ethnic community media and social change: A case in the United States

In the year 2000, the city government of Philadelphia proposed to build a baseball stadium beside what was commonly accepted as the border of the Chinatown community at 12th and Vine Streets. The Chinatown community strongly opposed this proposal. Beginning in April 2000, the Chinatown community, together with other neighborhood advocates, organized to defeat the proposal. In November 2000, the mayor announced that the baseball stadium would be located in South Philadelphia instead, acknowledging that “his preferred site, 12th and Vine, was simply too expensive and too complicated to work” (Benson, 2000, p. A01).

For the mayor, the final decision on the baseball ...

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