Alternative Media in Canada

Edited by Kirsten Kozolanka, Patricia Mazepa, and David Skinner

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  • Published: February 2013
  • Subject Listing: Communications, Journalism
  • Bibliographic information: 348 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: U.S. rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
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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.

Kirsten Kozolanka is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. Patricia Mazepa and David Skinner are both associate professors in the Department of Communication Studies at York University. The contributors include Marian Bredin, Nicole S. Cohen, Barbara M. Freeman, Sandra Jeppesen, Karim H. Karim, Evan Light, Michael Lithgow, Sonja Macdonald, Kate Milberry, and Scott Uzelman.

"This volume brings together leading scholars of alternative media, many of whom have practical experience in media production and/or policy advocacy. It will be essential reading for researchers and students of media and politics, as well as for activists and citizens interested in the struggles - both historic and impending - for democratic communication and social change in Canada." - Robert A. Hackett, co-author of Remaking Media: The Struggle to Democratize Public Communication

"This book provides absorbing accounts of Canada's rich and diverse alternative media histories and practices. Contributors produce a multi-faceted analysis of the ever-growing impact of 'nano'-media inside and alongside social activism and alternative cultural expression. Of interest to those in Canadian studies, as well as social movement and ethnic studies, it also should be read by media researchers and media activists everywhere." - John D.H. Downing, editor, Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media