Democratic Communications

Democratic Communications : Formations, Projects, Possibilities

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This is the first book to take issue with the long-standing assumptions about alternative media and democratic communications and place them in a detailed cultural and historical context. Ranging from prophecy in sixteenth-century England to the self-managed projects of critical literacy and social change of today, it assesses the historical heritage, present conditions, and future possibilities of today's remade media landscape for democratic more

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  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739118668
  • 9780739118665

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This book is splendidly chewy, offering both an absorbing array of historical specifics and arguments, and of conceptual challenges. It lends considerable muscle to the rapidly growing debate on social movements and their media. -- John Downing, director, Global Media Research Center; professor of international communication, Southern Illinois University There is no more thoughtful historian of the notion of alternative media than James Hamilton; his erudition and intelligence are on full display in Democratic Communications. This book should be read by every scholar committed to understanding the history and meaning of progressive media. If you think you already know what you're talking about when you discuss alternative media, reading Hamilton's book will make you think again; if you don't think much of the promise of alternative media, Hamilton will make you rethink that too. -- John Nerone, professor, College of Communications Scholar, director of graduate studies for Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois Democratic Communications is a must-read for all students and scholars of media, and all activists interested in developing challenges to the mainstream media. The book adds historical depth and important new insights to old questions, and will forever change the way you think about 'alternative' media. -- T. V. Reed, author of The Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movement to the Streets of Seattle Democratic Communications is one of the most thoughtful and literate studies of alternative media to date. Hamilton's work carries us across the centuries, inviting reflection on what it means for media to serve public needs rather than private wealth. One is not only impressed with the rigor of his research but also with the breadth and subtlety of his analysis. -- Michael Curtin, Mellichamp Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara; author of Playing to the World's Biggest Audienceshow more

About James F. Hamilton

James F. Hamilton is associate professor of advertising and public relations at the University of more

Table of contents

1 Preface 2 Acknowledgements 3 Introduction: The Problem of the Mainstream and the Alternative Part 4 Part One-Market Formations 5 Introduction to Part One Chapter 6 1. Providentialism and Rationalist Empiricism in Early Modern England Chapter 7 2. The Emergence of Broadcasting and the Rationalization of Participation Part 8 Part Two-Struggling Against the Market 9 Introduction to Part Two Chapter 10 3. Philanthropy, Professionalization, and Social-Reform Communications Chapter 11 4. Community Media Projects and the Containment of the Mass-Culture Critique Chapter 12 5. Modernism and the Aestheticization of Dissent Part 13 Part Three-Toward New Formations 14 Introduction to Part Three Chapter 15 6. Market Radicalism and the Struggle of Participation Chapter 16 7. Democratic Communications as Critical, Collective Education 17 Afterword: Utopia and Inspiration 18 Bibliography 19 Index 20 About the Authorshow more