Framed by a substantial introduction by the editors, the twelve contributions to the volume interrogate the concept of citizen media theoretically and empirically, and offer detailed case studies that extend from the UK to Russia and Bulgaria and from China to Denmark and the liminal spaces within which a growing number of refugees now live.
A rich new domain of scholarship and practice emerges out of the studies presented. Citizen media is shown to embrace both physical and digital interventions in public space, as well as the sets of values and agendas that influence and drive the practices and discourses through which individuals and collectives position themselves within and in relation to society and participate in the creation of diverse publics.
This book will be of interest to students and researchers in media and communication studies, particularly those studying citizen media, media and society, journalism and society, and political communication.
Cover image: courtesy of Ruben Hamelink
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 262
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
"The research collected here takes the study of citizen media into new and productive areas. It is impressively interdisciplinary, drawing on scholarship in drama, translation studies, information technology and film to enhance the book's foundation in media and communications. Its studies of memory and witnessing provide fruitful ground for re-energising citizen media as a set of diverse, politicised practices that honour the particularities of place as much as they engage with questions of globalised space."
Chris Atton, Professor of Media and Culture, Edinburgh Napier University
"With the conceptually sharp and engaging introduction by Baker and Blaagaard and the insightful individual case studies that follow, this lively collection challenges prevailing notions about publics (and their spheres), citizens, and even media. It marks an innovative turning point in our efforts to understand the communicative practices and dynamics of democracy."
Peter Dahlgren, Professor Emeritus of Media and Communication Studies, Lund University
"Citizen Media and Public Spaces is a compelling and timely collection that explores how citizens find creative and tactical ways to use media and communication to express and enact political agency. The volume is a fascinating journey through raw video footage of a journalist's death in Gaza; gestures of occupying, swarming, and dancing as political protest in Ferguson and Istanbul; nano-demonstrations in Russia, where toys and stuffed animals hold signs of protest, and many other forms of citizen media."
Clemencia Rodriguez, Professor of Communication, University of Oklahoma