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Alternative Media in Canada
Kirsten Kozolanka   Patricia Mazepa   David Skinner  

$90.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/25/2012
ISBN: 9780774821643    

$29.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2013
ISBN: 9780774821650    

348 Pages


About the Book

Alternative media hold the promise of building public awareness and action against the constraints and limitations of media conglomeration and cutbacks to public broadcasting. But what, exactly, makes alternative media alternative? This path-breaking volume gets to the heart of this question by focusing on the three interconnected dimensions that define alternative media in Canada: structure, participation, and activism. The contributors reveal not only how various kinds of alternative media -- including indigenous, anarchist, ethnic, and feminist media -- are enabled and constrained within Canada’s complex policy environment but also how, in the context of globalization, the Canadian experience parallels media and policy challenges in other nations.

About the Author(s)

Kirsten Kozolanka is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa. Patricia Mazepa and David Skinner are both associate professors in the Department of Communication Studies at York University in Toronto.

Contributors: Marian Bredin, Nicole S. Cohen, Barbara M. Freeman, Sandra Jeppesen, Karim H. Karim, Evan Light, Michael Lithgow, Sonja Macdonald, Kate Milberry, and Scott Uzelman.

Table of Contents

Considering Alternative Media in Canada -- Structure, Participation, Activism / Kirsten Kozolanka, Patricia Mazepa, and David Skinner

Part 1: Structure

1 Sustaining Independent and Alternative Media / David Skinner

2 Public Service Educational Broadcasting: Between the Market and the Alternative Margins / Kirsten Kozolanka

3 Autonomous Media: Re-conceptualizing Alternative Media Practices / Scott Uzelman

4 "One Part Creativity and Nine Parts Hard Work": The Legacy of Feminist Periodicals / Barbara M. Freeman

5 The Real News Network as Hybrid Media: The Future of International Video News? / Sonja Macdonald

Part 2: Participation

6 Transformation of Practice, Policy, and Cultural Citizenships in Community Television / Michael Lithgow

7 Public Participation and Community Radio in Québec / Evan Light

8 Are Ethnic Media Alternative? / Karim H. Karim

9 Indigenous Media as Alternative Media: Participation and Cultural Production / Marian Bredin

Part 3: Activism

10 From Alienation to Autonomy: The Labour of Alternative Media / Nicole S. Cohen

11 Freeing the Net: On-line Mobilizations in Defence of Democracy / Kate Milberry

12 Regressive Social Relations, Activism, and Media / Patricia Mazepa

13 DIY Zines and Direct-Action Activism / Sandra Jeppesen




"This volume brings together leading scholars of alternative media, many of whom have practical experience in media production and/or policy advocacy. It will be essential reading for researchers and students of media and politics, as well as for activists and citizens interested in the struggles -- both historic and impending -- for democratic communication and social change in Canada."
-- Robert A. Hackett, co-author of Remaking Media: The Struggle to Democratize Public Communication

"This book provides absorbing accounts of Canada's rich and diverse alternative media histories and practices. Contributors produce a multi-faceted analysis of the ever-growing impact of 'nano'-media inside and alongside social activism and alternative cultural expression. Of interest to those in Canadian studies, as well as social movement and ethnic studies, it also should be read by media researchers and media activists everywhere."
-- John D.H. Downing, editor, Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media

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Related Topics

Communications Studies

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