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Negotiating Communication Rights: Case Studies from India

by Pradip Ninan Thomas SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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Hbk 276 pages
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Communication rights are a barometer of the degree of transparency and fairness in a democracy. India, the world's largest democracy, has found itself at the centre of this debate. This book, through five case studies in India, explores communication rights movements here. It encompasses pivotal areas of movements, such as, Right to Information, Free and Open Source Software, Women and Media, and Community Radio and Citizen Journalism. The complexity of specific agendas in India, such as, rights of women, citizen activism and role of media is analyzed while placing the subject in a broader theoretical context. The author makes a strong case of the right of people to be able to access information. He also explores processes through which ordinary citizens are able to develop spaces for self-expression; a concept synonymous with media democratisation in this century. The author highlights the need to 'localise' communication rights struggles in those places facing real communication deficits daily.

Foreword Prof Cees Hamelink
Part 1 : Theory
A Brief History of Communication Rights
A Philosophy of Communication Rights
Observations on the Theorising of Communication Rights in India
The Communication Rights of Refugees and Displaced People
Part 2 : Case Studies in India
The Right to Information Movement
The Community Radio Movement
The Women and Media Movement
The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Movement
The Citizen Journalism Movement
Postscript: On the Operationalisation of Communication Rights in India Today

Pradip Thomas and rsquo;s analysis of the relationship between various forms of globalised and local media and the proliferferation of Christian fundamentalist religion in India is not for the faint-hearted. Not only does this book cover a wide spectrum of socio-politico-religious issues within the vast and varied historical landscape of a cosmopolitan and multi-faith nation, but is a blueprint for a truly communal inter-faith India and hellip;The book is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking a survey of current scholarship in the field. Media International Australia Negotiating Communicating Rights by Pradip Nina Thomas is a useful introduction to the topical subject of democratizing communication, and a critique of existing paradigms within media and communications theories and hellip;The value of Thomas and rsquo; book lies in its ability to shift the debates around CR out of just the and lsquo;media and communications and rsquo; discipline into larger domains of culture. It is therefore also a and lsquo;Cultural Studies of Media and rsquo; book. The case studies and the smooth jargon-free theorization make it eminently readable by people from a cross-section of society. is an important, topical and relevant book for all of those interested in questions beyond tired ones like and lsquo;Press freedom and rsquo; or censorship. Businessworld
Pradip Ninan Thomas is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Communication and Social Change at School of Journalism and Communications, University of Queensland, Australia. A leading academic in the area of communication and social change, Thomas is also on the advisory boards of a number of international institutes including the India Media Centre at the University of Westminster..He is Chair of the Participatory Communications Section, IAMCR, and on the editorial committees of a number of journals, including Media Development, Journal of Creative Communications, Communication for Development and Social Change, Journalism and Communication Monographs and the International Journal of Press/Politics. In 2010, he was involved in a study of communication rights movements in India. Thomas has published more than a hundred articles on communication, many in refereed journals including the International Communications Gazette, Info, Global Communications and Media, Economic and Political Weekly, Telematics and Informatics, Asian Journal of Communication, Media Development and Communication for Development and Social Change.He has authored and/or co-edited a number of books, including:a¢ Who Owns the Media: Global Trends and Local Resistance/2001/Zed-Southbounda¢ Intellectual Property Rights and Communication in Asia: Conflicting Trends/2006/SAGEa¢ Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Intellectual Property in the Twenty First Century: Perspectives from Southern Africa/2007/Codesriaa¢ Strong Religion/Zealous Media: Christian Fundamentalism and the Media in India/2007/SAGEa¢ Political Economy of Communications in India: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly/2010/SAGEa¢ Negotiating Communication Rights: Case Studies from India/2011/SAGE