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Palgrave Macmillan

Communication Rights and Social Justice

Historical Accounts of Transnational Mobilizations

ISBN 9781137378293
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series

Communication Rights and Social Justice offers historical perspectives on struggles to use the instruments of state and political participation - power, inter-governmental treaties and declarations, and various forms of political advocacy and protest politics - to articulate the concept of communication as a fundamental right. The contributions make up an intergenerational and multi-vocal dialogue. Different generations of scholars, activists and practitioners, who have been engaged with mobilizations at different times, present their views; some adopt a more academic style, others reflect autobiographically on personal experiences. The collection acknowledges the plural geo-cultural roots that compose what have eventually become a network of transnational mobilization dynamics that are increasingly global, digitally mediated, multi-stakeholder and faced by new and forthcoming challenges. It makes an original and welcome contribution to understanding a vital history that will only grow in worldwide importance.

Claudia Padovani is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Law and International Studies at the University of Padova, Italy. Her main areas of research concern political processes in the global context: governance, networks and innovation in world politics; civil society organizations as global actors; transnational advocacy around communication rights and media justice; the gendered dimension of communication governance; the transformative role of norms in world politics.

Andrew Calabrese is Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado, USA. His research and teaching interests pertain to communication technologies and industries; critical social and political theory (emphases: public sphere, civil society, globalization, social justice movements); US and transnational media policy.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Notes on Contributors
Foreword; Marjan de Bruin
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Communication Rights and Social Justice: Historical Accounts of Transnational Mobilizations; Claudia Padovani and Andrew Calabrese
1. Communication Rights and the History of Ideas; Cees Hamelink
2. Communication Rights and Media Justice between Political and Discursive Opportunities: A Historical Perspective; Stefania Milan and Claudia Padovani
3. Living the New International Information Order; Roberto Savio
4. Continuities and Change in the Nexus of Communication and Development; Ingela Svedin
5. Are States still Important? Reflections on the Nexus between National and Global Media and Communication Policy; Marc Raboy and Ayesha Mawani
6. The Democratization of Communication: Latin American Perspectives and Initiatives; Sally Burch
7. Beyond the Dominant Paradigm of Communication Rights? Observations from South Asia; Pradip Thomas
8. Establishing a 'Rights Regime' in Iran: Thinking Communications, Politics and Gender Together; Annabelle Sreberny
9. Communication Rights as a Networking Reality: Community Radio in Europe; Salvatore Scifo
10. Media Reform and Communication Rights in the United States; Andrew Calabrese
11. Media Justice and Communication Rights; Seeta Peña Gangadharan
12. Bringing Communication Back In: Social Movements and Media; Lorenzo Mosca
13. Reframing Communication Rights: Why Gender Matters; Margaret Gallagher
14. Practising Communication Rights: Cases from South Korea and Honduras; Dorothy Kidd
15. Communication Rights and Neoliberal Development: Techno-Politics in India; Paula Chakravartty
16. Remixing the Spring! Connective Leadership and Read-Write Practices in the 2011 Arab Uprisings; Donatella della Ratta and Augusto Valeriani
Afterword; Andrew Calabrese and Claudia Padovani

Sally Burch, Agencia Latinoamericana de Información -ALAI, Ecuador
Andrew Calabrese, University of Colorado, USA
Paula Chakravartty , New York University, USA
Donatella della Ratta, Harvard University, USA
Margaret Gallagher, researcher and writer
Seeta Pena Ganghdaran, New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, USA
Cees Hamelink, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dorothy Kidd, University of San Francisco, California
Aysha Mawani, McGill University, Canada
Stefania Milan, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Lorenzo Mosca, University of Roma Tre, Italy
Claudia Padovani, University of Padova, Italy
Marc Raboy, McGill University, Canada
Roberto Savio, Inter Press Service
Savatore Scifo, Maltepe University, Turkey
Annabelle Sreberny, SOAS, University of London, UK
Ingela Svedin, Swedish delegate at the OECD/DAC
Pradip Thomas, University of Queensland, Australia
Augusto Valeriani, University of Bologna, Italy


'This book makes a significant and original contribution to an important and emerging research area. It is unique, broad and full of useful empirical evidence and first hand reflection. It delivers all of this in a highly readable, engaging form that will appeal to various levels of students and to non academic audiences.' - Jeremy Shtern, Ryerson University, Canada
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