The Evolution of Popular Communication in Latin America

The Evolution of Popular Communication in Latin America

Edited By Ana Cristina Suzina

This book brings together twelve contributions that trace the empirical-conceptual evolution of Popular Communication, associating it mainly with the context of inequalities in Latin America and with the creative and collective appropriation of communication and knowledge technologies as a strategy of resistance and hope for marginalized social groups. In this way, even while emphasizing the Latin American and even ancestral identity of this current of thought, this book positions it as an epistemology of the South capable of inspiring relevant reflections in an increasingly unequal and mediatized world. The volume’s contributors include both early-career and more established professionals and natives of seven countries in Latin America. Their contributions reflect on the epistemological roots of Popular Communication, and how those roots give rise to a research method, a pedagogy, and a practice, from decolonial perspectives.


  • Introduction: Popular Communication, an Epistemological Debate between South and North - Suzina, Ana Cristina
  • Thinking about Communication from the Global South. Subjectivities Construction in Latin America: An Overview - Orué Pozzo, Aníbal
  • Popular and Communitarian Communication in Rural Social Movements: Beyond “Diffusionism” to Emancipatory Participation - Krohling Peruzzo, Cicilia M.
  • Faith, Communication and Commitment to Liberation - Uranga, Washington
  • The Vestiges of the Concept of Popular in Latin America - Gómez Obando, Santiago
  • Disenchantment as a Path Toward Autonomy: Orlando Fals Borda, Participatory Action Research, Communication and Social Change - Vega-Casanova, Jair
  • A Praise of Dignity in Educational Practice - Prieto Castillo, Daniel
  • Popular Radios: Constants and Tensions - Mata, María Cristina
  • Popular Communication in Latin America: A Look at the Actors Who Build Bridges - Canalli Bona, Nívea
  • The Decolonial Nature of Comunicaçao Popular - Custódio, Leonardo
  • Digital Media and Emancipation in Latin American Communication Thinking - Flores-Márquez, Dorismilda
  • Communication and Vivir Bien/Buen Vivir - Contreras Baspineiro, Adalid

Ana Cristina Suzina is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London, and a member of IAMCR.

The above text is from the publisher’s description of the book:

Title: The Evolution of Popular Communication in Latin America
Editor: Ana Cristina Suzina
Published: 2021
Pages: 234
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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