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Mediation and Protest Movements

Over the past year, international and national media have been full of stories about protest movements and tumultuous social upheaval from Tunisia to California. But scholars have not yet fully addressed the connection between these movements and the media and communication channels through which their messages spread. Correcting that imbalance, Mediation and Protest Movements explores the nature of the relationship between protest movements, media representation, and communication strategies and tactics.

In a series of fascinating essays, contributors to this timely volume focus on the processes and practices in which contemporary protesters engage when acting with and through media. Covering both online and offline contexts as well as mainstream and alternative media, they consider media environments around the world in all their complexity. They also provide a broad and comparative perspective on the ways that protest movements at local and transnational levels engage in mediation processes and develop media practices. Bridging the gap between social movement theory and media and communication studies, Mediation and Protest Movements will serve as an important reference for students and scholars of the media and social change.

280 pages | 15 halftones | 7 x 9

Media Studies

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Bridging research on democracy, social movements and communication

      Donatella della Porta

Chapter 2: Repertoires of communication in social movement processes

      Alice Mattoni

Chapter 3: Mediation, practice and lay theories of news media

      Patrick McCurdy

Chapter 4: Internet cultures and protest movements: the cultural links between strategy, organizing and online communication

      Anastasia Kavada

Chapter 5: Transmedia mobilization in the Popular Association of the Oaxacan Peoples, Los Angeles

      Sasha Costanza-Chock

Chapter 6: Mediated nonviolence as a global force: an historical perspective

      Sean Scalmer

Chapter 7: Walk, talk, fax or tweet: reconstructing media-movement interactions through group history telling

      Charlotte Ryan, Karen Jeffreys, Taylor Ellowitz and Jim Ryczek

Chapter 8: Calling for confrontational action in online social media: video activism as auto-communication

      Julie Uldam and Tina Askanius

Chapter 9: Activists’ communication in a post-disaster zone: cross-media strategies for protest mobilization in L’Aquila, Italy

      Cinzia Padovani

Chapter 10: Imagining Heiligendamm: visual struggles and the G8 summit 2007

      Simon Teune

Chapter 11: Social movements, contentious politics and media in the Philippines

      Lisa Brooten

Chapter 12: Protest movements and their media usages

      Dieter Rucht

Notes on Contributors

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