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Communication for Social Change, Making Theory Count
Nordic Council of Ministers, NORDICOM.
2015 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, Vol. 36, no Special Issue, 71-78 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article argues for communication for social change theory tobe 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 itselfa 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 ofthe 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 suchpractice.

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Göteborg: Nordicom, 2015. Vol. 36, no Special Issue, 71-78 p.
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communication for social change, voice, right to information, public hearings, political economy, development
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3925Local ID: diva2:813478
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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