Contesting Media Power explores the worldwide growth of alternative media that challenge the power concentration in large media corporations. Media scholars and political scientists analyze alternative media in Australia, Chile, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Topics include independent media centers, gay online networks and alternative web discussion forums; feminist film, political journalism and social networks; indigenous communication and church-sponsored media. This important book will help shape debates on the media's role in current global struggles.
Nick Couldry is senior lecturer in media and communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. James Curran is professor of communications at Goldsmiths College, London.
Part 1 Part I: Introduction and Theoretical Perspectives Chapter 2 1 The Paradox of Media Power Chapter 3 2 New Media Power: The Internet and Global Activism Chapter 4 3 Beyond the Hall of Mirrors? Some Theoretical Reflections on the Global Contestation of Media Power Part 5 Part II: In the Shadow of the State Chapter 6 4 Infoshops in the Shadow of the State Chapter 7 5 Framing the Future: Indigenous Communication in Australia Chapter 8 6 The Press Subsidy System in Sweden: A Critical Approach Part 9 Part III: In the Shadow of the Market Chapter 10 7 Commercialism and Critique: California's Alternative Weeklies Chapter 11 8 Has Feminism Caused a Wrinkle on the Face of Hollywood Cinema? A Tentative Appraisal of the '90s Chapter 12 9 Empire and Communications: Centrifugal and Centripetal Media in Contemporary Russia Part 13 Part IV: In the Shadow of Civil Society and Religion Chapter 14 10 Liberalization without Full Democracy: Guerilla Media and Political Movements in Taiwan Chapter 15 11 The Bishop and His Star: Citizens' Communication in Southern Chile Chapter 16 12 New Nation: Anachronistic Catholicism and Liberation Theology Chapter 17 13 Falun Gong, Identity and the Struggle Over Meaning Inside and Outside China Part 18 Part V: New Media Spaces Chapter 19 14 Global Journalism: A Case Study of the Internet Chapter 20 15 The Independent Media Center Movement and the Anarchist Socialist Tradition Chapter 21 16 The Gay Global Village in Cyberspace Chapter 22 17 The Internet, Social Networks and Reform in Indonesia Chapter 23 18 The Alternative Media in Malaysia: Their Potential and Limitations