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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.

Feminist Guerrilla Video in the Twin Cities
Feminist guerrilla video in the twin cities
Brian J.Woodman

In the early years of alternative video, video makers joined together in collectives dedicated to using video as a tool for social change. These organizations, founded on the ideals of the counterculture and the leftist politics of the 1960s, valued video making as a process that could empower individuals and communities. As described by Deidre Boyle (1997) in Subject to Change: Guerrilla Television Revisited, these “guerrilla” video makers were interested in creating an alternative to mainstream TV that was democratic, decentralized, and expressed ideas absent on the networks. Specifically, they used portable video to make projects that were shot on the streets or in the crowds, making the video makers part ...

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