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[Commlist] New book: Citizen Media and Practice: Currents, Connections, Challenges

Mon Jan 20 10:35:09 GMT 2020

        We are happy to announce the publication of the book CITIZEN
        Hilde C. Stephansen (University of Westminster) and Emiliano
        Treré (Cardiff University).

        Purchase the book here (paperback, hardback and eBook editions
        available from Routledge):

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        Chapter 1:

        The blurb: This groundbreaking collection advances understanding
        of the concept of media practices by critically interrogating
        its relevance for the study of citizen and activist media. Media
        as practice has emerged as a powerful approach to understanding
        the media’s significance in contemporary society. Bringing
        together contributions from leading scholars in sociology, media
        and communication, social movement and critical data studies,
        this book stimulates dialogue across previously separate
        traditions of research on citizen and activist media practices
        and stakes out future directions for research in this burgeoning
        interdisciplinary field. Framed by a foreword by Nick Couldry
        and a substantial introductory chapter by the editors,
        contributions to the volume trace the roots and appropriations
        of the concept of media practice in Latin American communication
        theory; reflect on the relationship between activist agency and
        technological affordances; explore the relevance of the media
        practice approach for the study of media activism, including
        activism that takes media as its central object of struggle; and
        demonstrate the significance of the media practice approach for
        understanding processes of mediatization and datafication.
        Offering both a comprehensive introduction to scholarship on
        citizen media and practice and a cutting-edge exploration of a
        novel theoretical framework, the book is ideal for students and
        experienced scholars alike.

The book includes contributions by: Nick Couldry, Hilde Stephansen, Emiliano Treré, Clemencia Rodríguez, Omar Rincón, Amparo Marroquín, Alejandro Barranquero, Ángel Barbas, Donatella Della Porta, Bart Cammaerts, Anne Kaun, Dorothy Kidd, Alice Mattoni, Elena Pavan, Andreas Hepp, Sigrid Kannengießer, Helen Kennedy, Stefania Milan, Aristea Fotopoulou and Lina Dencik.


          “Thinking about and exploring media practices entail the
        recognition that we need another kind of gaze, other points of
        view, other places from which to make sense of culture and the
        media. Citizen Media and Practice provides a renewed
        understanding of media practices in connection to the people and
        the territories they inhabit. The book explores the ambiguities
        of media practices and charts the possibilities they open up to
        imagine another kind of world and connect to other ways of
        thinking about culture.”

        Jesús Martín-Barbero, author of Communication, culture and
        hegemony: From the media to mediations (Sage, 1993) (Orig.
        edition: De los Medios a las Mediaciones. Comunicación, cultura
        y hegemonía, Gustavo Gilli, 1987)

          “Citizen Media and Practice is an outstanding contribution to
        practice-oriented research on citizen and activist media today.
        Its contributions are delicately balanced for stimulating
        interdisciplinary cross-fertilisation based on empirical
        research into a great diversity of topics related to media
        activism and social movements in Europe and Latin America. The
        book offers an up-to-date, cutting-edge overview of how practice
        approaches are useful for grasping contemporary activism and
        media processes, and how materialities, digitalities,
        discourses, bodies, affects and emotions are embedded into
        political actions that aim to change the world we live in,
        through our makings and aspirations, doings and sayings. This
        book demonstrates that practice theories are alive and kicking
        because they are powerful tools to understand ourselves as
        citizens; active agents of the world we inhabit”.

        Elisenda Ardèvol, Professor in Social and Cultural Anthropology
        at UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Barcelona. Director of
the Mediaccions Research Group in Culture and Digital Communication.

          “Stephansen and Treré have brought together a very competent
        and interdisciplinary collective of researchers that together
        have delivered an inspiring book! It builds necessary bridges
        between Anglo-Saxon and Latin American scholarship; it retrieves
        relevant and almost forgotten past research, letting it inform
        contemporary scholarship: and it establishes connections between
        research into citizen media practice with relevant and emerging
        fields of inquiry in the social sciences. The result is a very
        commendable book that challenges and pushes the boundaries of
        not only media scholarship but of social science more broadly.”

        Thomas Tufte, Professor at and Director of the Institute for
        Media and Creative Industries, Loughborough University London.
        Author of Communication and Social Change – A Citizen
        Perspective (Polity, 2017)

          “There is a terrific immediacy to Citizen Media and Practice.
        Reading this book feels like sneaking into an advanced seminar
        with leading Latin American and anglophone scholars as they
        debate the latest implications of the ‘practice turn’ for the
        study of media, communication and social movements.

        John Postill, Senior Lecturer in Communication at RMIT
        University, Melbourne, author of The Rise of Nerd Politics
        (Pluto, 2018)

          “This book is a timely and necessary overview of the notion of
        “media as practice.” It blends insights from Latin American and
        Northern communication scholarship, and takes stock of the
        current state of the research. The chapters provide a wealth of
        insights to further refine the understanding of “what citizens
        (and social movements) do with media”. At a time of growing
        concerns about the rise of anti-progressive movements around the
        world, this book delivers hope without rose-tinted, unrealistic
        promises. Amid the current obsession with data, measurement and
        technology, this book reminds us why organized, ordinary
        citizens matter in the struggle to challenge power.”

        Silvio Waisbord, Professor in the School of Media and Public
        Affairs, George Washington University, past Editor-in-Chief,
        Journal of Communication (2015-2018), author of Communication: A
        Post-Discipline (Polity, 2019).

          “From data practices to video activism, this book brings
        together the best scholars in the field who explore the stories,
        the values and struggles of those working on citizen media. A
        must read for anyone interested in these media forms, their
        social importance, and their struggle for social justice”.

        Veronica Barassi, Senior Lecturer, Media, Communications and
        Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London. Author of
        Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles Against Digital
        Capitalism (Routledge, 2015

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