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Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media

Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media

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December 2010 | 632 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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.

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 activists and others interested in this field will find this to be a valuable resource. Recommend this title to your library today!

Key Themes

Cinema, Television and Video

Concept and Topic Overviews

Cultural Contestations

Feminist Media

Gay and Lesbian Media

Human Rights Media

Independence Movement Media

Indigenous Peoples' Media

Information Policy Activism


Labor Media


Performance Art Media

Popular Song



Social Movement Media


“This is a comprehensive, illuminating, and inspiring work of reference. By focusing on media use by social movements across the globe, John Downing has collected an extraordinarily rich and eclectic range of contributions that read like an act of generous solidarity as well as of scrupulous scholarship.”

Tony Dowmunt
Goldsmiths College, London University, UK; co-editor of Alternative Media Handbook and Inclusion Through Media

"This encyclopedia is a valuable contribution to one of the fastest-growing areas in communication studies. It is an informative, engaging, and up-to-date compendium of articles on concepts, campaigns, projects, and groups around the world, written by a balanced range of practitioners, activists, and established and emerging scholars.”

Robert (Bob) Hackett
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver; co-author, Remaking Media: The Struggle to Democratize Public Communication

“This encyclopedia will be of use to students, scholars, and activists wanting understanding, historical precedents, and international comparison of experimental and dissident media organizations and projects.”

Patricia (Pat) Aufderheide
Director of the Center for Social Media, American University

“The visions of and commitments to another world are everywhere out there, being pursued through a variety of social movement media. This valuable collection of international experiences proves it. It is a must-have book for activists and researchers engaged with and communicating for social change.”

Thomas Tufte
Roskilde University, Denmark

“Interpreting media and communication from the point of view of social movements allows us tounderstand the constructive and transformative potential that communities have in today's global society. The Latin American treasury of community media experience is represented, and much more besides.”

Amparo Cadavid Bringe
Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios, Bogotá DC, Colombia

"Debates may swirl about whether recent uprisings in the Middle East and Africa really owe their origins to Facebook or Twitter, but even die-hard Luddites must admit that social media had some role in facilitating the revolutions. Downing’s fascinating work provides background to this subversive phenomenon over time and across the world in articles such as 'Alternative Comics (United States),' 'Angry Buddhist Monk Phenomenon (Southeast Asia),' 'Gay Press (Canada, United Kingdom, United States),' and 'Social Democratic Media to 1914.'"

Henrietta Thornton-Verma
School Library Journal

"This encyclopedia offers an internationalized glimpse of the burgeoning field of communications as practiced in social activism around the planet... Highly Recommended."

tD. A. Schmitt
St. Louis Community College at Meramec

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