Theorizing development, communication and social change

Thomas, Pradip N. (2014). Theorizing development, communication and social change. In Clifford Christians and Kaarle Nodenstreng (Ed.), Communication Theories in a Multicultural World (pp. 213-227) New York , NY, United States: Peter Lang Publishing.

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Author Thomas, Pradip N.
Title of chapter Theorizing development, communication and social change
Title of book Communication Theories in a Multicultural World
Place of Publication New York , NY, United States
Publisher Peter Lang Publishing
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
Series Intersections in Communications and Culture
ISBN 9781433123061
ISSN 1528-610X
Editor Clifford Christians
Kaarle Nodenstreng
Volume number 31
Chapter number 13
Start page 213
End page 227
Total pages 15
Total chapters 18
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This chapter will focus on the theorizing of communication and social change. It will argue that theory must enable people to know the world. It will also argue the limits to token participation and the unsustainability of "behavioral change communication'' that is theorized outside of structures, power flows, and cultures. Using the Right to Information movement in India as a case study, this chapter will explore grounded meanings of "voice" and "participation'' and will argue the need for a theory of communication for social change that is informed by people's needs and struggles. If theory is a set of principles informed by and drawn from observations of everyday needs and practice, its explanatory power is bound to remain consistent over time. Theory offers us a framework for knowing the world and the validation of concepts that are critical to apprehending and making sense of reality. I argue in this chapter that the Right to Information movement in India gives opportunities to explore communication and social change theory from the bottom up.
Keyword Communication and Social Change
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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