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[ecrea] New book: The Media Commons and Social Movements

Mon Nov 05 14:02:40 GMT 2018

New book:

*The Media Commons and Social Movements, Grassroots Mediations Against Neoliberal Politics*, by Jorge Saavedra Utman, published by Routledge.


*What does it mean to have a voice in a formal democracy* *operating under neoliberal guidelines and with an almost entirely private media system?* How can the people gain their voice and engage in a dialogue with hegemonic actors and discourses?

In this book, Jorge Saavedra Utman examines the role of media and communicative practices during one of the largest social mobilizations in Latin America in the last 30 years: Chile’s 2011 students’ movement. Saavedra Utman observes the eye-catching, subversive, but also intimate practices that, in a country with a liberal democracy and neoliberal policies, allowed people to speak up and become political actors from grassroots positions. Presenting rich qualitative data that is sourced from interviews and focus groups with activists, he introduces a fresh perspective on the study of media and communications and social movements. *Saavedra Utman paints a clearer picture of contentious events since 2011 - like the Arab Spring and Occupy – to understand the relevance of media and communications in contemporary quests for participation and democracy.*


/Highly recommended reading for all those interested in thinking through what democracy could become and how we get there/.

—Natalie Fenton, Professor of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London

/Based on detailed empirical evidence, this is a necessary, important and timely book/.

—Anastasia Kavada, Reader, University of Westminster

/Jorge Saavedra’s new book will disrupt and delight in equal measure...The Media Commons and Social Movements makes us think again about pressing topics of the day—freedom and democracy as constructed and experienced from below/.

Toby Miller, Universidad del Norte

*About the Author*

Dr. Jorge Saavedra Utman is Lecturer in the Sociology of Media and Culture at the University of Cambridge.

For more information, *visit the following link <>.

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