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category: Social Science
published: April 2012
ISBN:9780774821674
publisher: UBC Press

Alternative Media in Canada

edited by Kirsten Kozolanka; David Skinner & Patricia Mazepa

tagged: media studies, journalism
Description

Alternative media hold the promise of building public awareness and action against the constraints and limitations of media conglomeration and cutbacks to public broadcasting. But what, exactly, makes alternative media alternative? This path-breaking volume gets to the heart of this question by focusing on the three interconnected dimensions that define alternative media in Canada: structure, participation, and activism. The contributors reveal not only how various kinds of alternative media – including Indigenous, anarchist, ethnic, and feminist media – are enabled and constrained within Canada’s complex policy environment but also how, in the context of globalization, the Canadian experience parallels media and policy challenges in other nations.

About the Authors

Kirsten Kozolanka


David Skinner


Patricia Mazepa

Contributor Notes

Kirsten Kozolanka is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. Patricia Mazepa and David Skinner are both associate professors in the Department of Communication Studies at York University.

 

Contributors: Marian Bredin, Nicole S. Cohen, Barbara M. Freeman, Sandra Jeppesen, Karim H. Karim, Evan Light, Michael Lithgow, Sonja Macdonald, Kate Milberry, and Scott Uzelman.

Editorial Review

Alternative Media in Canada represents the first edited collection of its type, an academic work seeking to elaborate the contours of the field specifically within the borders of the Canadian state. As such (in addition to securing a succinct title), it fills a substantial void … As the first book to focus a wide-angle lens upon “alternative media” within the borders of the Canadian state, Alternative Media in Canada stands out as a unique resource for teaching in Canadian institutions—and the quality, range, and relevance of contributions should reward not only those of us with particular interest in alternative media, communication policy studies, and the political economy of communication, but also scholars of media, politics, and social movements more generally, as well as media makers outside the mainstream, social justice activists, and engaged citizens.

— Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol 38, 2012

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