Saturday, October 15, 2005
BOOKS/RESOURCE: New Cambridge University book on community media
New Book Release
Community Media: People, Places, and Communication Technologies
Cambridge University Press, 2005
Paperback $34.99; 324 pages
While transnational conglomerates consolidate their control of the global
mediascape, local communities struggle to create democratic media systems.
This groundbreaking study of community media combines original research with
comparative and theoretical analysis in an engaging and accessible style.
Kevin Howley explores the different ways in which local communities come to
make use of various technologies such as radio, television, print and
computer networks for purposes of community communication and considers the
ways these technologies shape, and are shaped by, the everyday lived
experience of local populations. He also addresses broader theoretical and
philosophical issues surrounding the relationship between communication and
community, media systems and the public sphere. Case studies illustrate the
pivotal role community media play in promoting cultural production and
communicative democracy within and between local communities. This book will
make a significant contribution to existing scholarship in media and
cultural studies on alternative, participatory and community-based media.
-- Balances a theoretically informed discussion of community media with
engagingly presented empirical detail
-- Situates a comprehensive discussion of community media in terms of
the global struggle for communicative democracy
-- I ncludes four, richly described case studies of community media
A complete description and review excerpts can be found at:
Kevin Howley is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at DePauw University.
Dr. Howley¹s work has appeared in the International Journal of Cultural
Studies, Television & New Media, Journal of Radio Studies, Journalism:
Theory, Practice & Criticism, Social Movement Studies, and Ecumene. His
latest documentary, ³Victory at Sea? Culture Jamming Dubya² had its
broadcast premiere on Memorial Day, 2004 over Free Speech Television.