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[Commlist] new book: Routledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media

Sat Sep 12 08:26:22 GMT 2020

The editors are very excited to announce that The Routledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media is now available for pre-order.

This is the first authoritative reference work to map the multifaceted and vibrant site of citizen media research and practice, incorporating insights from across a wide range of scholarly areas.

Citizen media is a fast-evolving terrain that cuts across a variety of disciplines. It explores the physical artefacts, digital content, performative interventions, practices and discursive expressions of affective sociality that ordinary citizens produce as they participate in public life to effect aesthetic or socio-political change.

The seventy-seven entries featured in this pioneering resource provide a rigorous overview of extant scholarship, deliver a robust critique of key research themes and anticipate new directions for research on a variety of topics. Cross-references and recommended reading suggestions are included at the end of each entry to allow scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds to identify relevant connections across diverse areas of citizen media scholarship and explore further avenues of research.

Featuring contributions by leading scholars and supported by an international panel of consultant editors, the /Encyclopedia /is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as researchers in media studies, social movement studies, performance studies, political science and a variety of other disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. It will also be of interest to non-academics involved in activist movements and those working to effect change in various areas of social life.

Edited by Mona Baker, Bolette B. Blaagaard, Henry Jones  and Luis Pérez-González as part of the book series /Critical Perspectives on Citizen Media/.


A remarkably impressive achievement, this Encyclopedia represents a major step forward in the formalisation of this area of enquiry for researchers, journalists and civic activists alike. Entries are perceptively alert to why citizen media are vital for democracy, affording the reader an informed appreciation of key issues, concepts and debates while, at the same time, inspiring new points of engagement. An essential resource, it promises to enrich critical interventions for years to come.

Stuart Allan, Professor and Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University

Ordinary citizens everywhere enact and perform citizenship through media practices in their daily lives. In this timely volume, distinguished scholars from around the world analyze the key concepts and themes in the study of these citizen media practices. They map a dynamic field of interdisciplinary scholarship and point toward exciting new directions for future research.

Guobin Yang, Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communication and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

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