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Communication Activism Volume Two: Communication for Social Change (Frey, Carragee)

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Title: Communication Activism Volume Two
Sub-title: Communication for Social Change
Editor(s): Lawrence R. Frey and Kevin M. Carragee
Publish Date: April 2007
Pages: 376
Format: Paper
The need for communication scholars to engage in direct vigorous action in support of needed social change has never been more apparent and important, for there is no shortage of social issues and problems that demand attention. In short, communication scholars need to engage in "communication activism." The two volumes showcase how scholars have engaged in communication activism to assist individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to secure social reform. Volume 2 focuses on research studies that show how the media can be managed to promote social change and how performance can serve as an important form of communication activism. Together the two texts demonstrate the significant effects that communication scholars, working from many different theoretical and methodological traditions within the discipline, can have on promoting social change, especially for those who are most marginalized, when they engage in communication activism.

Contents: Introduction, Lawrence R. Frey and Kevin M. Carragee. I: Managing the Media. At the Checkpoint: Journalistic Practices, Researcher Reflexivity, and Dialectical Dilemmas in a Women’s Prison, Eleanor Novek and Rebecca Sanford. A Marriage of Like Minds and Collective Action: Civic Journalism in a Service-Learning Framework, Sue Ellen Christian. Communicating Advocacy: Learning and Change in the Media Literacy and Violence Project, Leda Cooks and Erica Scharrer. Academia Meets LGBT Activism: The Challenges Incurred in Using Multimethodological Research, Van M. Cagle. Unreasonable Doubt: Using Video Documentary to Promote Justice, John P. McHale. Spectrum Wars: Bridging Factionalism in the Fight for Free Radio, Ted M. Coopman. A Community Confronts the Digital Divide: A Case Study of Social Capital Formation through Communication Activism, Andrew P. Herman and James S. Ettema. II: Performing Social Change. Catalyzing Social Reform through Participatory Folk Performances in Rural India, Lynn M. Harter, Devendra Sharma, Saumya Pant, Arvind Singhal, and Yogita Sharma. A Proactive Performance Approach to Peer Education: The Efficacy of a Sexual Assault Intervention Program, Marc D. Rich and José I. Rodríguez. Narrative as Poetic Activism: Research Relationships in Social Justice Projects, Deborah Cunningham Walker and Elizabeth A. Curry. About the Editors and Authors. Author Index. Subject Index.

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