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Many Voices, Many Worlds

Many Voices, Many Worlds
Critical Perspectives on Community Media in India

Edited by:
  • Faiz Ullah - Assistant Professor, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
  • Anjali Monteiro - former Professor, School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS, Mumbai
  • K.P. Jayasankar - former Professor, School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS, Mumbai

July 2021 | 364 pages | SAGE India
Community media has the potential for deepening democracy by creating spaces for people to raise and discuss their concerns. However, its practice in India tends to be based on top-down decision-making, which is the legacy of the Development Communication paradigms, thus ignoring the creative and transformative possibilities of marginalized community voices. The perspectives in this book, rooted in years of fieldwork experience, by scholars and practitioners of community media, both question and offer alternatives to the dominant paradigms. Many Voices, Many Worlds: Critical Perspectives on Community Media in India is a critical reflection on governance and policymaking, development, disability, knowledge and other social markers in the context of community media. Bringing together different modes of community media—such as video, radio, theatre, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and new media—into a productive conversation with each other, the book focuses on how communities through their communicative practices, negotiate the politics of caste, class, gender, and access to funding and technology. 
Foreword by P. V. Satheesh
Faiz Ullah, Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
Introduction: Other Worlds Are Breathing
SECTION I Waves of Freedom: Community Radio and Its Discontents
Vinod Pavarala and Kanchan K. Malik
Negotiating ‘the Political’ in the Community Radio Sphere: Historical Choices, Contemporary Predicaments
Bidu Bhusan Dash
Dalits and Adivasis in Community Radio: Understanding Representation and Participation in Bundelkhand
Shweta Radhakrishnan
Understanding the ‘Community’ in Community Media: Women’s Experiences of Leadership in Mandakini ki Awaaz
SECTION II In Their Own Moving Image: Community Video Practices
Nina Sabnani
Collaborative Animation: Challenges of Participatory Film-making with the Bhil Community
Madhavi Manchi
‘Sangam Shot’: Community Video as Assemblage
Shweta Ghosh
The Disability and Film-making Community in Film Practice-As-Research: The Case of We Make Film
Raees Mohammed
Dalit Camera: Resisting Caste Atrocities Through Video
Section III. Durable Margins: Asserting Citizenship
Nikhil Thomas Titus
Community Media and Potential for Responsive Listenership on Campus
Mahtab Alam
Muslim Community Media and the Public Sphere: The Contribution of The Milli Gazette and
Madhura Dutta
Theatre for Community Education, Capacity Building and Research
Dakxinkumar Bajrange
Doing Theatre, Fighting Stigma: Budhan Theatre and the Creative Struggle of the Chharas
SECTION IV Trajectories of Change: Spaces of Hope
Anjali Monteiro and K. P. Jayasankar
A Delicate Weave: The Place of Local Wisdoms in Community Media Initiatives
Faiz Ullah
Notes on the Political Economy of Community Media: The Self-organizing Power of Communities
Shilpa Phadke and Nithila Kanagasabai
Doing Feminist Community Media: Collectivizing in Online Spaces
Hemant Babu
‘Divided We Stand, United We Fall’: The Newfound Wisdom of Digital Age Communication Technology

Faiz Ullah

Faiz Ullah is an assistant professor at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS, Mumbai, where he teaches courses in media studies, community media and journalism. He has published research-based articles on the political economy of media, work and labour, documentary film and participatory cultures in various journals and edited volumes. In 2016, he co-directed a short documentary, Under the Open Sky, featuring a young women’s sports initiative in Mumbai, focusing on women’s access to public spaces. In 2017, he co-translated noted Urdu writer Intizar Hussain’s cultural history of Delhi as Once There was a City Named Dilli. His... More About Author

Anjali Monteiro

Anjali Monteiro is a retired professor from the School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS, Mumbai. She is involved in documentary production, media teaching and research. She played a key role in the setting up of the MA programme in Media and Cultural Studies at TISS, the first of its kind in India, and has done pioneering and innovative work in critical media education in India. Along with Professor K. P. Jayasankar, she has co-directed several award-winning documentaries that have been screened in festivals across the world. Professor Monteiro writes in the broad areas of censorship, documentary film and media and cultural studies and... More About Author

K.P. Jayasankar

K. P. Jayasankar is a retired professor, School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS, Mumbai. He is involved in media production, teaching and research and has played a key role in setting up the School of Media and Cultural Studies at TISS. Jointly with Professor Anjali Monteiro, he has made over 35 documentaries and won 33 national and international awards at documentary film festivals. Their most recent awards for their Kachchh trilogy are the Basil Wright Prize 2013 for So Heddan So Hoddan (Like Here Like There) and Commendation of the Jury, Intangible Culture Category, 2019, for A Delicate Weave at the Royal Anthropological Institute... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789391138462