Communication and social change, making theory count

Thomas, Pradip Ninan (2015) Communication and social change, making theory count. Nordicom Review, 36 Special issue: 71-78.

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Author Thomas, Pradip Ninan
Title Communication and social change, making theory count
Journal name Nordicom Review
ISSN 1403-1108
ISBN 9789186523480
Publication date 2015-04-23
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 36
Issue Special issue
Start page 71
End page 78
Total pages 8
Editor Pradip Ninan Thomas
Place of publication Göteborg, Sweden
Publisher Nordic Information Centre for Media and Information Research
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This article argues for communication for social change theory to be based on a theory of knowledge, a specific understanding of process that feeds into practice, a knowledge of structures, a specific understanding of context and flows of power. It highlights the example of the Right to Information Movement in India as an embodiment of meaningful practice that was in itself a response to the felt needs of people. It argues that the RTI movement provided opportunities to understand Voice as a practice and value through indigenous means, specifically through the mechanism of the Jan Sunwai (Public Hearings). It argues that when local people are involved in articulating ‘needs’, there will be scope for the sustainability of the practice of communication and social change and opportunities to theorise from such practice.
Keyword Communication for social change
Right to information
Political economy of communication
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This issue of the Nordicom Review, edited by Pradip Ninan Thomas, is a result of the boutique conference 'Beyond the Impasse' which was organized by the Centre for Communication and Social Change, University of Queensland in January 2013. The aim was to bring together academics who were involved in pushing the boundaries as it were of communication for social change in terms of theory and methods as they applied to practice.

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Created: Mon, 11 May 2015, 10:11:04 EST by Assoc Prof Pradip Thomas on behalf of School of Communication and Arts