The Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media by Chris Atton

By Chris Atton

The Routledge better half to substitute and group Media offers an authoritative and accomplished exam of the varied types, practices and philosophies of different and neighborhood media internationally. the amount bargains a multiplicity of views to check the explanations why substitute and neighborhood media come up, how they improve specifically methods and particularly locations, and the way they could enhance our figuring out of the wider media panorama and its position in society. The 50 chapters current more than a few theoretical and methodological positions, and arguments to illustrate the dynamic, difficult and cutting edge pondering round the topic; finding media conception and perform in the broader issues of democracy, citizenship, social exclusion, race, category and gender. as well as learn from the united kingdom, the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, the better half additionally contains reviews from Colombia, Haiti, India, South Korea and Zimbabwe, allowing overseas comparisons to be made and likewise making an allowance for the problematisation of conventional - usually Western - techniques to media experiences. through contemplating media practices throughout a number cultures and groups, this assortment is a perfect significant other to the foremost concerns and debates inside of replacement and group media.

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Janey Gordon illuminates the tensions between the funders of community radio stations and the broadcasters themselves. She explores how community radio stations are funded in a number of countries globally and assesses the extent to which these models provide a degree of autonomy for the stations. Eun-Gyoo Kim (Chapter 22) offers insights into the complexities and particularities of media reform in South Korea. His analysis spans over twenty-five years of political and social change, and shows how forms and functions of alternative media can be intimately tied to civil society and movements for social change.

H. Downing (Chapter 8) begins by picking up Kenix’s argument about avoiding the compartmentalisation of alternative media. He draws our attention to the language of research, in particular the metaphor. He shows how many metaphors encourage a static, structural and functionalist view of social phenomena, including alternative media. Kinetic and fluid metaphors, on the other hand, suggest ways of thinking about processes of change, development and volatility that are particularly appropriate to highly dynamic and emergent forms of media.

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