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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.

Alternative Media and the Public Sphere in Zimbabwe
Alternative media and the public sphere in zimbabwe
Nkosi Martin Ndlela

The advent of democratic transitions in Africa in the early 1990s saw some countries experiencing a boom in media pluralism, an introduction of multi-channel broadcasting systems, independent media, and even experimentation with community media. However, there are many exceptions to this trend, and Zimbabwe is one of those unfortunate cases where there has been a dramatic reversal to the democratization process. Since 2000, the country has been engulfed in a multifaceted sociopolitical crisis. Since the existing media are strongly influenced by the ruling party elites, they are heavily tilted toward the mainstream voices and official interpretations of the events unfolding in the country. The relentlessly critical civil society, ...

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