A South Asian Journal of Communication for Social Change

COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION is a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to community communication (radio, video, theatre etc) in South Asia.

The South Asian region, located geographically in the southern part of the Asian continent and represented by the economic-group moniker, SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), includes countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.  With one-fourth of the total world population, the postcolonial decades of these nations have been marked by remarkable processes of social change, even as they manage enormous cultural diversities, economic disparities, and democratic polities that are often characterized as being anything from vibrant to fragile. 

Communication has played a central role in efforts by national and international agencies, both governmental and non-governmental, in development and social change.  Large-scale information dissemination, diffusion of innovations to induce social and behavioural change, participatory communication at the grassroots, and bottom-up community media-enabled communication, have all been integral components of this process of social change communication in South Asia. Community media have emerged as a significant presence in the media landscape of the region, raising key questions about state-centred development and challenging top-down mass media campaigns for change.

This journal seeks to provide an academic platform that not only presents research findings, but also to bring in perspectives of practitioners to help narrow down the yawning gaps between theory and practice.

To be published twice a year – the journal welcomes high-quality contributions from scholars and practitioners in the field of communication and social change with a clear focus on the South Asia, while being open to theoretical explorations that have implications for the region.  We specifically invite:

  • Research articles
  • Theoretical essays
  • Review Essays
  • Book/media reviews
  • Commentary and Criticism
  • In-depth interviews
  • Field reflections