Alternative Media in Canada

Edited by Kirsten Kozolanka, Patricia Mazepa, and David Skinner

  • Published: 2012. Paperback 2013
  • Subject Listing: Anthropology
  • Bibliographic information: 304 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

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 theSchool of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. Patricia Mazepa and David Skinner areboth associate professors in the Department of Communication Studies atYork University.Contributors: 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 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 of Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media

"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

Considering Alternative Media in Canada - Structure, Participation,Activism / Kirsten Kozolanka, Patricia Mazepa, and DavidSkinner

Part 1: Structure

1 Sustaining Independent and Alternative Media / DavidSkinner

2 Public Service Educational Broadcasting: Between the Market andthe Alternative Margins / Kirsten Kozolanka

3 Autonomous Media: Re-conceptualizing Alternative Media Practices /Scott Uzelman

4 "One Part Creativity and Nine Parts Hard Work": TheLegacy of Feminist Periodicals / Barbara M. Freeman

5 The Real News Network as Hybrid Media: The Future of InternationalVideo News? / Sonja Macdonald

Part 2: Participation

6 Transformation of Practice, Policy, and Cultural Citizenships inCommunity Television / Michael Lithgow

7 Public Participation and Community Radio in Québec / EvanLight

8 Are Ethnic Media Alternative? / Karim H. Karim

9 Indigenous Media as Alternative Media: Participation and CulturalProduction / Marian Bredin

Part 3: Activism

10 From Alienation to Autonomy: The Labour of Alternative Media /Nicole S. Cohen

11 Freeing the Net: On-line Mobilizations in Defence of Democracy /Kate Milberry

12 Regressive Social Relations, Activism, and Media / PatriciaMazepa

13 DIY Zines and Direct-Action Activism / SandraJeppesen