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Media and Social Justice


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Preface; C.Calhoun Introduction; S.C.Jansen PART I: CHALLENGES 1. Media and Democracy: Some Missing Links; N.Couldry 2. The Right to be Heard and the Urgency and Pleasure of Listening; C.Hamelink 3. From 'the Means of Molding Opinion' to 'Media Justice': Shifts in Foundation Support for Communication Research; J.Pooley 4. Public Media 2.0: Reframing Public Media for the Participatory Era; J.Clark & P.Aufderheide PART II: SCHOLAR/ACTIVISTS TELL THEIR STORIES 5. Video Activism as a Way of Life; D.Halleck 6. Working for International Social Justice Media: An Instructional Biography; B.M.Murphy 7. Can We Be Companeros? The Media Research & Action Project; C.Ryan & W.Gamson 8. Defending Dissent; B.Martin PART III: COMMUNITY MEDIA 9. Detours through Youth-Driven Media: A Backseat Driver Bears Witness to the Ethical Dilemmas of Youth Media; L.Taub-Pervizpour 10. !Adelante! Promoting Social Justice through Latina/o Community Media; M.Castaneda 11. Community-Based Media Justice Projects in Appalachia; N.Gregg PART IV: POWER STRUGGLES 12. Feminism, Media and Social Justice: Outside the Mainstream; M.Gallagher 13. The Battle for the News: Project Censored and the International Media Reform Movement; P.Phillips & M.Huff 14. Shooting Back: Video Activism and Reflexive Surveillance; M.Andrejevic PART V: MEDIA REFORM 15. Drawing and Effacing Boundaries in Contemporary Media Democracy Work; C.Dunbar-Hester 16. The Federal Communications Commission's Complicity in Excluding Minorities from the Airwaves; J.Tate 17. Software Freedom as Social Justice? Open Source Software and Information Control; J.L.Sullivan PART VI: PEDAGOGY 18. Designing Health Communication to Promote Social Justice; S.Kahlenberg 19. Analysis and Engagement: Connecting Media Criticism to a Vision of Justice; R.Andersen

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Sure Curry Jansen is Professor and Acting Chair of Media & Communication at Muhlenberg College, USA.

Jeffersen Pooley is Assistant Professor of Media & Communication at Muhlenberg College, USA.

Lora Taub-Pervizpour is Associate Professor of Media & Communication at Muhlenberg College, USA.


"Media justice is one of the most important issues on the contemporary agenda. It drew the attention of researchers only slowly, but is now a field of intellectual excitement as well as practical significance - and this book is the best available guide to the emerging field." - Craig Calhoun, President, Social Science Research Council"This books restores a forgotten agenda - media and social justice - and does so with new research, insight, and verve." - Professor James Curran, Director, Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre

"In our changing media environment, Media and Social Justice arrives at just the right time. Sue Curry Jansen, Jefferson Pooley, and Lora Taub-Pervizpour have crafted a wonderfully rich collection that confronts vital questions for critical media scholars and media activists alike. The essays offer genuinely fresh insights about media justice and they affirm the value of collaborative work along the scholar-activist border. Taken together, these essays are a powerful reminder of the enduring significance of media for social justice movements. If you care about media and democracy, this is a book you will want to read and talk about." - William Hoynes, Professor of Sociology and Media Studies, Vassar College"In this important book, seasoned scholars and veteran media activists join together to give us what Raymond Williams called resources of hope - rich lessons in why and how we must reclaim the communications system in behalf of the more encompassing project to attain social justice." - Dan Schiller, Professor,University of Illinois and author of How To Think about Information"This book looks at the intersections between social justice and critical media studies and activism, and (re)frames media activism as a social justice issue.The editors have also assembled a number of well-known scholars, as well as key on-the-ground activists to contribute to the book. The book will appeal to media and communication scholars, activists, students, and professors." - Laura Stein, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin

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