Communication for Social Change (CSC) is a defined field of both academic enquiry and practice that is explicitly transdisciplinary and has been shaped by a variety of theoretical inputs, ranging from sociology and development to social movements and advocacy. The leveraging of communication, information and the media in social change is the basis for a global industry that is supported by governments, development agencies, foundations, and international and local NGOs. It is also the basis for multiple interventions at grassroots levels, with participatory communication processes and community media making a difference through raising awareness, mobilising communities, strengthening empowerment, and contributing to change.

This book series on Communication for Social Change intentionally provides the space for critical writings in CSC theory, practice, policy, strategy and methods. It fills a gap in the field by exploring new thinking, institutional critiques and innovative methods. The series offers the opportunity for scholars and practitioners to engage with CSC as both an industry and as a local practice, shaped by political economy as much as by local cultural needs. It explicitly intends to highlight, critique and explore the gaps between ideological promise, institutional performance and realities of practice. The series has published 15 volumes in the past five years (2013-18) and has now entered in a second contract period (2018-23) with Palgrave and Springer. 


Series editors: Pradip Ninan Thomas & Elske van de Fliert

Advisory Board: Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University, USA; Karin G. Wilkins, University of Texas at Austin, USA; Thomas Tufte, Loughborough University, UK; Zaharom Nain, University of Nottingham – Malaysia Campus; Rico Lie, Wageningen University, The Netherlands; Claudia Mitchell, McGill University, Canada; Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University, UK; Nicholas Carah, The University of Queensland, Australia; Zala Volcic, Pomona College, USA/Monash University, Australia; Vinod Pavarala, University of Hyderabad, India.  

To purchase hardcopy or digital versions of any of the books in the series, visit the Palgrave website.

The series editors welcome book proposals. If you have a project that fits this series, please check out the proposal submission form, and get in touch: 

Pradip Ninan Thomas (pradip.thomas@uq.edu.au) Elske van de Fliert (e.vandefliert@uq.edu.au)Series Editors

Lucy Batrouney (lucy.batrouney@palgrave.com), Commissioning Editor, Palgrave Macmillan


Series Published Books

 

 Interrogating the Theory and Practice of Communication for Social Change

Thomas, P., Fliert, E. v. d., van de Fliert, E. (2015)

This book is the first volume in this Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change series and it sets the stage for subsequent books by identifying and analysing the current gaps in the field. It critically reviews the theory, practice and strategies of Communication for Social Change in relation to occurring structures, policies and discourses.

Available Formats: Hardcover Softcover eBook

 


Reclaiming the Public Sphere

Askanius, T. (Ed), Østergaard, L. (Ed) (2014)

This volume brings together a range of different specialists in the arts and cultural industries, as well as international academics and public intellectuals, to explore how media and communication practices for social change are currently being reconfigured in both conceptual and rhetorical terms.

Available Formats: Softcover Hardcover eBook

 


 New Technologies in Developing Societies

Obijiofor, L. (2015)

New technologies may have transformed human societies, but not much has been written on how they are impacting people in Africa and other developing regions, in terms of how they use technology to enhance their socioeconomic conditions in everyday life. This book critically examines these issues from theoretical, practical and policy perspectives.

Available Formats: Hardcover Softcover eBook 

 


Investigative Journalism in the Arab World

Bebawi, S. (2016)

This is the first book that looks into the state and role of investigate journalism in the Arab world. It explores the vital role the media could potentially play in informing and empowering society, to assist in opening up the communicative space in a region where this has previously been taboo.

Available Formats: Hardcover eBook

 


Communicating Gender and Advocating Accountability in Global Development

Wilkins, K. (2016)

Case studies of micro-enterprise, girls' education, and population programs suggest that our discourse limits our potential to conceive of development, communication, and gender outside of neoliberal ideologies. Advocacy for global social justice demands a different accountability through critical research.

Available Formats: Hardcover eBook

 


Commercial Nationalism

Volcic, Z. (Ed), Andrejevic, M. (Ed) (2016)

This book intervenes in discussions of the fate of nationalism and national identity by exploring the relationship between state appropriation of marketing and branding strategies on the one hand, and, on the other, the commercial mobilization of nationalist discourses.

Available Formats: Hardcover eBook

 


Digital Identity and Everyday Activism

Vivienne, S. (2016)

This book reinvigorates the space between scholarly texts on self-representation, voice and agency and practical field-guides to community media and digital storytelling. It offers reflection on the ethical praxis of co-creative media, and an indispensable suite of digitally savvy representation strategies, pertinent to modern people everywhere.

Available Formats: Hardcover eBook

 


Methodological Reflections on Researching Communication and Social Change

Wildermuth, N. (Ed), Ngomba, T. (Ed) (2016)

This book identifies the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches to research in communication and social change. It examines the methodological opportunities and challenges occasioned by rapid technological affordances and society-wide transformations. This study provides grounded insights on these issues from a broad range of proficient academics and experienced practitioners. 

Available Formats: Hardcover eBook


Feminist Activism and Digital Networks

Fotopoulou, A. (2016)

This book sheds new light on the way that, in the last decade, digital technologies have become inextricably linked to culture, economy and politics and how they have transformed feminist and queer activism. This exciting text critically analyses the contradictions, tensions and often-paradoxical aspects that characterize such politics, both in relation to identity and to activist practice.

Available Formats: Softcover Hardcover eBook

 


Journalism for Social Change in Asia

Downman, S., Ubayasiri, K. (2017)

This book explores the role and purpose of journalism to spark and propagate change by investigating human rights journalism and its capacity to inform, educate and activate change. Downman and Ubayasiri maximize this approach by proposing a new paradigm of reporting through the use of human-focussed news values. This approach is a radical departure from the traditional style that typically builds on abstract concepts.

Available Formats: eBook Hardcover


In the Aftermath of Gezi

Hemer, O. (Ed), Persson, H. (Ed) (2017)

This edited volume addresses various aspects of social and political development in Turkey and the latter’s role within a global context. Paradigmatically and theoretically, it is situated in the realm of communication and/for social change. The chapters thread together to present a fresh and innovative study that explores an array of issues related to the Gezi protests and their aftermath by scholars and activists from Scandinavia, Turkey and India. Available Formats: Hardcover eBook

 


Rethinking Media Development through Evaluation

Noske-Turner, J. (2017)

This book argues for an overhaul of the way media assistance is evaluated, and explores how new thinking about evaluation can reinforce the shifts towards better media development. The pursuit of media freedom has been the bedrock of media development since its height in the 1990s. Today, citizen voice, participation, social change, government responsiveness and accountability, and other ‘demand-side’ aspects of governance, are increasingly the rubric within with assistance to media development operates.

Available Formats: Hardcover eBook


Data Activism and Social Change

Gutiérrez, M. (2018)

This book efficiently contributes to our understanding of the interplay between data, technology and communicative practice on the one hand, and democratic participation on the other. It addresses the emergence of proactive data activism, a new sociotechnical phenomenon in the field of action that arises as a reaction to massive datafication, and makes affirmative use of data for advocacy and social change.

Available Formats: eBook Hardcover

 


Communicating National Image through Development and Diplomacy

Pamment, J. (Ed), Wilkins, K. G. (Ed) (2018)

This edited collection draws upon interdisciplinary research to explore new dimensions in the politics of image and aid, through a variety of cases in diverse regions. The result is a text that seeks to establish a new body of knowledge on how contemporary debates into public diplomacy, soft power and the national image are fundamentally changing not just the communication of aid, but its wider strategies, modalities and practices.

Available Formats: eBook Hardcover


Movie Making as Critical Pedagogy

Walker, G. (2018)

Can the stories people tell influence the way they see the world? This book seeks to address that question through a study of the viability of movie making as a critical pedagogy activity. Positioned at the intersection of education and communication for social change, it explores the relationship between the generation of subjective knowledge through storytelling and analysis, and systemic change.

Available Formats: eBook Hardcover

 

 

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