Coastlines, CAGS, and communications

Johnston, Jane and Gration, Steve (2008) Coastlines, CAGS, and communications. Media International Australia, 127 166-179.

Author Johnston, Jane
Gration, Steve
Title Coastlines, CAGS, and communications
Journal name Media International Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1329-878X
Publication date 2008-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 127
Start page 166
End page 179
Total pages 14
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract This paper layers communication theory over a cultural context by examining how Community Action Groups (CAGs) have responded to development along Australian coastlines. It analyses how communication and media strategies and techniques have been adopted by the third sector to challenge commercial and government organisations which have proposed coastal development. As noted by Huntsman (2001): 'It is this appropriation of the beach for the purposes of capitalism, and the contesting ideas about the beach that have captured the attention of critics.' Indeed these critics, who in this paper are members of strategic alliances, or CAGs, exist all along the Australian coastline. The paper seeks to highlight how the connections that are felt with Australia's coasts provide a special impetus and motivation for CAGs which have emerged in response to development along Australia's coasts, from Western Australia to New South Wales and Queensland.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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