Communication and Social Change: A Citizen Perspective

By Thomas Tufte

How do the communication practices of governments, NGOs and social movements enhance opportunities for citizen-led change?

In this incisive book, Thomas Tufte makes a call for a fundamental rethinking of what it takes to enable citizens’ voices, participation, and power in processes of social change. Drawing on examples ranging from the Indignados movement in Spain to media activists in Brazil, from rural community workers in Malawi to UNICEF’s global outreach programs, he presents cutting-edge debates about the role of media and communication in enhancing social change. He offers both new and contested ideas of approaching social change from below, and highlights the need for institutions – governments and civil society organizations alike – to be in sync with their constituencies.

Communication and Social Change provides essential insights to students and scholars of media and communications, as well as anyone concerned with the practices and processes that lead to citizenship, democracy and social justice.

Thomas Tufte is Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester and a member of IAMCR.

Table of Contents

Foreword (Silvio Waisbord)

Preface and Acknowledgements

  1. Towards a New Social Thought in Communication and Social Change

  2. Changing Contexts and Conceptual Stepping Stones
  3. Participation: A Project of Transformation
  4. Movements and Media, Communication and Change
  5. Cultures of Governance: Enhancing Empowerment and Resilience
  6. Communication Movements
  7. Invited Spaces: Institutions Communicating for Social Change
  8. Towards a New Paradigm and Praxis in Communication and Social Change



The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: Communication and Social Change: A Citizen Perspective
Author:  Thomas Tufte
Published: 2017
Pages: 224
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 9780745670379

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