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Alternative Media in Canada

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.

348 pages

Table of Contents

Part 1: Structure

1 Sustaining Independent and Alternative Media / David Skinner

2 Public Service Educational Broadcasting: Between the Market and the Alternative Margins / Kirsten Kozolanka

3 Autonomous Media: Re-conceptualizing Alternative Media Practices / Scott Uzelman

4 “One Part Creativity and Nine Parts Hard Work”: The Legacy of Feminist Periodicals / Barbara M. Freeman

5 The Real News Network as Hybrid Media: The Future of International Video News? / Sonja Macdonald

Part 2: Participation

6 Transformation of Practice, Policy, and Cultural Citizenships in Community Television / Michael Lithgow

7 Public Participation and Community Radio in Québec / Evan Light

8 Are Ethnic Media Alternative? / Karim H. Karim

9 Indigenous Media as Alternative Media: Participation and Cultural Production / Marian Bredin

Part 3: Activism

10 From Alienation to Autonomy: The Labour of Alternative Media / Nicole S. Cohen

11 Freeing the Net: On-line Mobilizations in Defence of Democracy / Kate Milberry

12 Regressive Social Relations, Activism, and Media / Patricia Mazepa

13 DIY Zines and Direct-Action Activism / Sandra Jeppesen



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