Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media
John D. H. Downing, John Derek Hall Downing
SAGE Publications, 2011 - Social Science - 602 pages
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This one-volume encyclopedia features around 250 essays on the varied experiences of social movement media over the planet in the 20th and 21st centuries. Examining the tip of a gigantic iceberg, this reference resource examines a sample of the dizzying variety of formats and experiences that comprise social movement media. The guiding principles have been to ensure that experiences from the global South are given voice; that women are properly represented among contributors; that the wide spectrum of communication formats is included; that further reading is provided where relevant; and that some examples are provided of repressive social movement media, not exclusively progressive ones.
Thematic essays address selected issues such as human rights media, indigenous peoples' media, and environmentalist media, and on key concepts widely used in the field such as alternative media, citizens' media, and community media. The encyclopedia engages with all communication media: broadcasting, print, cinema, the Internet, popular song, street theatre, graffiti, and dance. The entries are designed to be relatively brief with clear, accessible, and current information. Students, researchers, media activisits, and others interested in this field will find this to be a valuable resource.
Key ThemesCinema, Television, and VideoConcept and Topic OverviewsCultural ContestationsFeminist MediaGay and Lesbian MediaHuman Rights MediaIndependence Movement MediaIndigenous Peoples' MediaInformation Policy ActivismInternetLabor MediaNewsPerformance Art MediaPopular SongPressRadioSocial Movement MediaRegions
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"You are looking at the tip of the top of a gigantic iceberg," begins the introduction of this single-volume media study, which considers alternative formats and grassroots experiences in communication media such as songs, graffiti, film, print, and the Internet. This encyclopedia focuses on 20th- and 21st-century social movement media, a topic on which editor Downing (director, Global Media Research Ctr., Southern Illinois Univ.) has written extensively. The A-to-Z entries come from varied and diverse contributors. A list of entries and an extensive index provide reference access, as does a reader's guide with articles classified into areas such as "Human Rights Media." Many entries encompass what we may not even consider mediaódance in South Asia, music as social protest in Malawi, white supremacist tattoos. The geographical emphasis of place in the subject list and the entries themselves underscores a global experience, one that is likewise conscientiously inclusive of women and of languages other than English. Even current events in Egypt and Tunisia can be looked at through the large lens of social media examined here, with antidemocratic and antisocial forces in the world being confronted with the flow of information through these many channels. Other recent comparable titles are Understanding New Media: Extending Marshall McLuhan (Peter Lang Pub., 2010) and Communication Revolution: Critical Junctures and the Future of Media (New Pr. 2008). BOTTOM LINE Recommended for readers and scholars interested in community media, information policy activism, and feminist, gay, lesbian, and human rights media.óLaverne Mann, Piscataway P.L., NJ