Understanding Community Media
- Kevin Howley - DePauw University, USA
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.
- 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
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.
Wonderful compilation of soon-to-be canonical texts regarding community and alternative media. Strongly suggested for activists, students and academics especially engaged with critical analysis of media-saturated modern societies and the role communities play within this world.
This book has too much of an political angle on community media for my course, which focuses more on the social and phenomenological aspects.
helpful concerning new media communities' mentalities!
This book has a rich range of case studies that would allow students to develop a wide and varied appreciation of international contexts and media forms
The text offers a very good combination of theory and practice. At first I thought I could only use portions of the book, but after further consideration I have decided to require it for this course.