CSC book series

Communication for Social Change (CSC) is a defined field of both academic enquiry and practice that is explicitly transdisciplinary and has been shaped by a variety of theoretical inputs, ranging from sociology and development to social movements and advocacy. The leveraging of communication, information and the media in social change is the basis for a global industry that is supported by governments, development agencies, foundations, and international and local NGOs. It is also the basis for multiple interventions at grassroots levels, with participatory communication processes and community media making a difference through raising awareness, mobilising communities, strengthening empowerment, and contributing to change.

This book series on Communication for Social Change intentionally provides the space for critical writings in CSC theory, practice, policy, strategy and methods. It fills a gap in the field by exploring new thinking, institutional critiques and innovative methods. The series offers the opportunity for scholars and practitioners to engage with CSC as both an industry and as a local practice, shaped by political economy as much as by local cultural needs. It explicitly intends to highlight, critique and explore the gaps between ideological promise, institutional performance and realities of practice. The series has published 15 volumes in the past five years (2013-18) and has now entered in a second contract period (2018-23) with Palgrave and Springer. To purchase hardcopy or digital versions of any of the books in the series, visit the Palgrave website.

Series Editors

We welcome book proposals. If you have a project that fits this series, please get in touch.

Advisory Board

  • Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University, USA
  • Karin G. Wilkins, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Thomas Tufte, Loughborough University, UK
  • Zaharom Nain, University of Nottingham – Malaysia Campus
  • Rico Lie, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Claudia Mitchell, McGill University, Canada
  • Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University, UK
  • Nicholas Carah, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Zala Volcic, Pomona College, USA/Monash University, Australia
  • Vinod Pavarala, University of Hyderabad, India.

Series Published Books 

Interrogating the Theory and Practice of Communication for Social ChangeInterrogating the Theory and Practice of Communication for Social Change

Thomas, P., Fliert, E. v. d., van de Fliert, E. (2015)

This book is the first volume in this Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change series and it sets the stage for subsequent books by identifying and analysing the current gaps in the field. It critically reviews the theory, practice and strategies of Communication for Social Change in relation to occurring structures, policies and discourses.

Available Formats: Hardcover Softcover eBook

CSC book on the public sphereReclaiming the Public Sphere

Askanius, T. (Ed), Østergaard, L. (Ed) (2014)

This volume brings together a range of different specialists in the arts and cultural industries, as well as international academics and public intellectuals, to explore how media and communication practices for social change are currently being reconfigured in both conceptual and rhetorical terms.

Available Formats: Softcover Hardcover eBook

CSC book on technology for development New Technologies in Developing Societies

Obijiofor, L. (2015)

New technologies may have transformed human societies, but not much has been written on how they are impacting people in Africa and other developing regions, in terms of how they use technology to enhance their socioeconomic conditions in everyday life. This book critically examines these issues from theoretical, practical and policy perspectives.

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CSC book on investigative journalismInvestigative Journalism in the Arab World

Bebawi, S. (2016)

This is the first book that looks into the state and role of investigate journalism in the Arab world. It explores the vital role the media could potentially play in informing and empowering society, to assist in opening up the communicative space in a region where this has previously been taboo.

Available Formats: Hardcover eBook

communicating gender and advocacy in development Communicating Gender and Advocating Accountability in Global Development

Wilkins, K. (2016)

Case studies of micro-enterprise, girls' education, and population programs suggest that our discourse limits our potential to conceive of development, communication, and gender outside of neoliberal ideologies. Advocacy for global social justice demands a different accountability through critical research.

Available Formats: Hardcover eBook

CSC book on nationalismCommercial Nationalism

Volcic, Z. (Ed), Andrejevic, M. (Ed) (2016)

This book intervenes in discussions of the fate of nationalism and national identity by exploring the relationship between state appropriation of marketing and branding strategies on the one hand, and, on the other, the commercial mobilization of nationalist discourses.

Available Formats: Hardcover eBook

book on digital identity and activismDigital Identity and Everyday Activism

Vivienne, S. (2016)

This book reinvigorates the space between scholarly texts on self-representation, voice and agency and practical field-guides to community media and digital storytelling. It offers reflection on the ethical praxis of co-creative media, and an indispensable suite of digitally savvy representation strategies, pertinent to modern people everywhere.

Available Formats: Hardcover eBook

CSC research method Methodological Reflections on Researching Communication and Social Change

Wildermuth, N. (Ed), Ngomba, T. (Ed) (2016)

This book identifies the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches to research in communication and social change. It examines the methodological opportunities and challenges occasioned by rapid technological affordances and society-wide transformations. This study provides grounded insights on these issues from a broad range of proficient academics and experienced practitioners. 

Available Formats: Hardcover eBook

CSC book on feminist and activism Feminist Activism and Digital Networks

Fotopoulou, A. (2016)

This book sheds new light on the way that, in the last decade, digital technologies have become inextricably linked to culture, economy and politics and how they have transformed feminist and queer activism. This exciting text critically analyses the contradictions, tensions and often-paradoxical aspects that characterize such politics, both in relation to identity and to activist practice.

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journalism for social change in Asia Journalism for Social Change in Asia

Downman, S., Ubayasiri, K. (2017)

This book explores the role and purpose of journalism to spark and propagate change by investigating human rights journalism and its capacity to inform, educate and activate change. Downman and Ubayasiri maximize this approach by proposing a new paradigm of reporting through the use of human-focussed news values. This approach is a radical departure from the traditional style that typically builds on abstract concepts.

Available Formats: eBook Hardcover

In the aftermath of GeziIn the Aftermath of Gezi

Hemer, O. (Ed), Persson, H. (Ed) (2017)

This edited volume addresses various aspects of social and political development in Turkey and the latter’s role within a global context. Paradigmatically and theoretically, it is situated in the realm of communication and/for social change. The chapters thread together to present a fresh and innovative study that explores an array of issues related to the Gezi protests and their aftermath by scholars and activists from Scandinavia, Turkey and India.

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media and development Rethinking Media Development through Evaluation

Noske-Turner, J. (2017)

This book argues for an overhaul of the way media assistance is evaluated, and explores how new thinking about evaluation can reinforce the shifts towards better media development. The pursuit of media freedom has been the bedrock of media development since its height in the 1990s. Today, citizen voice, participation, social change, government responsiveness and accountability, and other ‘demand-side’ aspects of governance, are increasingly the rubric within with assistance to media development operates.

                                        Available Formats: Hardcover eBook

Data activism and social change Data Activism and Social Change

Gutiérrez, M. (2018)

This book efficiently contributes to our understanding of the interplay between data, technology and communicative practice on the one hand, and democratic participation on the other. It addresses the emergence of proactive data activism, a new sociotechnical phenomenon in the field of action that arises as a reaction to massive datafication, and makes affirmative use of data for advocacy and social change.

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communicating national image and development Communicating National Image through Development and Diplomacy

Pamment, J. (Ed), Wilkins, K. G. (Ed) (2018)

This edited collection draws upon interdisciplinary research to explore new dimensions in the politics of image and aid, through a variety of cases in diverse regions. The result is a text that seeks to establish a new body of knowledge on how contemporary debates into public diplomacy, soft power and the national image are fundamentally changing not just the communication of aid, but its wider strategies, modalities and practices.

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movie making as critical pedagogy Movie Making as Critical Pedagogy

Walker, G. (2018)

Can the stories people tell influence the way they see the world? This book seeks to address that question through a study of the viability of movie making as a critical pedagogy activity. Positioned at the intersection of education and communication for social change, it explores the relationship between the generation of subjective knowledge through storytelling and analysis, and systemic change.

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social media and social change Digital Intimate Publics and Social Media 

Dobson, Amy Shields, Robards, Brady, Carah, Nicholas (Eds.)

This book explores emergent intimate practices in social media cultures. It examines new digital intimacies as they are constituted, lived, and commodified via social media platforms. The study of social media practices has come to offer unique insights into questions about what happens to power dynamics when intimate practices are made public, about intimacy as public and political, and as defined by cultural politics and pedagogies, institutions, technologies, and geographies.

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Communication, Culture and Social Change: Meaning, Co-option and Resistance

Dutta, M. (2020)

Drawing on the culture-centered approach (CCA), this book re-imagines culture as a site for resisting the neocolonial framework of neoliberal governmentality. Culture emerged in the 20th Century as a conceptual tool for resisting the hegemony of West-centric interventions in development, disrupting the assumptions that form the basis of development. This turn to culture offered radical possibilities for decolonizing social change but in response, necolonial development institutions incorporated culture into their strategic framework while simultaneously deploying political and economic power to silence transformative threads. This rise of “culture as development” corresponded with the global rise of neo-liberal governmentality, incorporating culture as a tool for globally reproducing the logic of capital. Using examples of transformative social change interventions, this book emphasizes the role of culture as a site for resisting capitalism and imagining rights-based, sustainable and socialist futures. In particular, it attends to culture as the basis for socialist organizing in activist and party politics. In doing so, Culture, Participation and Social Change offers a framework of inter-linkage between Marxist analyses of capital and cultural analyses of colonialism. It concludes with an anti-colonial framework that re-imagines the academe as a site of activist interventions.

Available Formats: eBook (available soon) Hardcover (preorder available now)

Communicating for Change: Concepts to Think With

Tacchi, J., & Tufte, T., (Eds) (2020)

This book offers a fresh set of innovative and creative contributions related to the role of communication in processes of change. Given the current fast pace of social-economic, political and technological change across the globe, and the central role of communication in this, there is a growing need to reconceptualize how we approach communication and change that provides entry points to help us expand and enrich our scholarly and practical work. This collection presents 14 concepts from a multi-disciplinary collection of internationally leading and emerging scholars, from 13 countries on 5 continents. They come together around three meta-topics: citizenship and justice, critiques of development, and renewing thought (from and for the margins). The short chapter format ensures that authors get straight to the nub of their ideas, providing readers — students, scholars and practitioners alike — with accessible, engaging and innovative ways to think critically about communication and social change, in new ways. 

Available Formats: eBook (available soon) Hardcover (preorder available now)

Community Radio Policies in South Asia: A Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach 

Preeti Raghunath (2020)

The book draws on critical media policy studies, to study the principles and performances of policies and policymaking for community radio in four countries of South Asia---Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. It focuses on the processes and practices of deliberation that go into policymaking, across space and time, and the global-local spectrum. It stitches together a critical media policy ethnography, drawing on over a 100 formal interviews and informal conversations with policy actors from South Asia, in a bid to present a deliberative policy analysis of policymaking for community radio in the region.  Drawing on Grounded Theory, the book fleshes out the Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach as an inclusive heuristic to study media policies.