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Communication Rights is a key issue in contemporary societies, especially in a country like India, which faces major communication deficits. Negotiating Communication Rights explores some of the most important aspects of communication rights movements in India.
Beginning with the theoretical aspects of communication rights, the book deals with five case studies related to significant movements of our times, namely, the Right to Information, Free and Open Source Software, Women and Media, Community Radio, and Citizen Journalism. It also analyses the complexity of specific rights issues in India, such as women's rights, citizen activism and the role of media.
The book explores the processes through which ordinary citizens have developed spaces for self-expression-a concept synonymous with media democratisation. The author argues for the need for streamlining of communication rights movements in India and for an India-specific framework for communication rights.
Pradip Thomas's analysis of the relationship between various forms of globalised and local media and the proliferferation of Christian fundamentalist religion in India is not for the faint-hearted. Not only does this book cover a wide spectrum of socio-politico-religious issues within the vast and varied historical landscape of a cosmopolitan and multi-faith nation, but is a blueprint for a truly communal inter-faith India...The book is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking a survey of current scholarship in the field.
(Media International Australia)
Negotiating Communicating Rights by Pradip Nina Thomas is a useful introduction to the topical subject of democratizing communication, and a critique of existing paradigms within media and communications theories...The value of Thomas' book lies in its ability to shift the debates around CR out of just the 'media and communications' discipline into larger domains of culture. It is therefore also a 'Cultural Studies of Media' book. The case studies and the smooth jargon-free theorization make it eminently readable by people from a cross-section of society. [The book] is an important, topical and relevant book for all of those interested in questions beyond tired ones like 'Press freedom' or censorship. (Businessworld)
About the Author
Pradip Ninan Thomas is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Communication and Social Change at School of Journalism and Communications, University of Queensland, Australia. A leading academic in the area of communication and social change, Thomas is also on the advisory boards of a number of international institutes including the India Media Centre at the University of Westminster..
He is Chair of the Participatory Communications Section, IAMCR, and on the editorial committees of a number of journals, including Media Development, Journal of Creative Communications, Communication for Development and Social Change, Journalism and Communication Monographs and the International Journal of Press/Politics. In 2010, he was involved in a study of communication rights movements in India.
Thomas has published more than a hundred articles on communication, many in refereed journals including the International Communications Gazette, Info, Global Communications and Media, Economic & Political Weekly, Telematics & Informatics, Asian Journal of Communication, Media Development and Communication for Development and Social Change.
He has authored and/or co-edited a number of books, including:
• Who Owns the Media: Global Trends and Local Resistance/2001/Zed-Southbound
• Intellectual Property Rights and Communication in Asia: Conflicting Trends/2006/SAGE
• Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Intellectual Property in the Twenty First Century: Perspectives from Southern Africa/2007/Codesria
• Strong Religion/Zealous Media: Christian Fundamentalism and the Media in India/2007/SAGE
• Political Economy of Communications in India: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly/2010/SAGE
• Negotiating Communication Rights: Case Studies from India/2011/SAGE