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.
Table of Contents:
• Foreword vii • Introduction 1 • Chapter 1: Bridging research on democracy, social movements and communication p. 21, Donatella della Porta • Chapter 2: Repertoires of communication in social movement processes p. 39, Alice Mattoni • Chapter 3: Mediation, practice and lay theories of news media p. 57, Patrick McCurdy • Chapter 4: Internet cultures and protest movements: the cultural links between strategy, organizing and online communication p. 75, Anastasia Kavada • Chapter 5: Transmedia mobilization in the Popular Association of the Oaxacan Peoples, Los Angeles p. 95, Sasha Costanza-Chock • Chapter 6: Mediated nonviolence as a global force: an historical perspective p. 115, Sean Scalmer • Chapter 7: Walk, talk, fax or tweet: reconstructing media-movement interactions through group history telling p. 133, Charlotte Ryan, Karen Jeff reys, Taylor Ellowitz and Jim Ryczek • Chapter 8: Calling for confrontational action in online social media: video activism as auto-communication p. 159, Julie Uldam and Tina Askanius • Chapter 9: Activists’ communication in a post-disaster zone: cross-media strategies for protest mobilization in L’Aquila, Italy p. 179, Cinzia Padovani • Chapter 10: Imagining Heiligendamm: visual struggles and the G8 summit 20071 p. 205, Simon Teune • Chapter 11: Social movements, contentious politics and media in the Philippines p. 229, Lisa Brooten • Chapter 12: Protest movements and their media usages p.249, Dieter Rucht • Notes on Contributors p. 269