COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION: A South Asian Journal of Communication for Social Change http://comcomsa.net/ojs/index.php/cc <p><strong><em>Community Communication: A South Asian Journal of Communication for Social Change</em></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is an online, peer-reviewed academic journal published by the UNESCO Chair on Community Media at the Department of Communication,&nbsp; University of Hyderabad, India.</span></p> en-US comcomsa@uccommedia.in (Vinod Pavarala) vb@uohyd.ac.in (Vasuki Belavadi) Tue, 03 Dec 2019 09:52:50 +0000 OJS 3.1.2.1 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Critical, Alternative Approaches to Communication for Social Change: A Review Essay http://comcomsa.net/ojs/index.php/cc/article/view/7 Jharna Brahma Copyright (c) 2019 COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION: A South Asian Journal of Communication for Social Change https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0 http://comcomsa.net/ojs/index.php/cc/article/view/7 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 09:25:22 +0000 Social Change through Theatre of the Oppressed: An Indian Journey http://comcomsa.net/ojs/index.php/cc/article/view/8 <p>Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed was set up by Sanjoy Ganguly over three decades ago as a pioneering initiative in West Bengal for development of the individual self, the community, and to bring about wider social change through the use of a form of theatre designed and made famous by the Brazilian theatre activist and scholar, Augusto Boal. In the last thirty years, Jana Sanskriti (JS) has engaged communities in rural West Bengal, especially in the Sunderbans area (South and North 24 Parganas districts) and Purulia, to address critical issues like child marriage, domestic violence, child trafficking, maternal and child health, and alcoholism.&nbsp; With about 30 theatre teams reaching out to an approximate audience of 200,000, Jana Sanskriti is easily one of the largest such operations anywhere in the world. Excerpts from an interview by <em>Vinod Pavarala</em> and <em>Vasuki Belavadi</em>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sanjoy Ganguly Copyright (c) 2019 COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION: A South Asian Journal of Communication for Social Change https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0 http://comcomsa.net/ojs/index.php/cc/article/view/8 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Creating Voice Capabilities – Migration, Media, and Multiculturalism http://comcomsa.net/ojs/index.php/cc/article/view/6 <p>This article is an updated version of the presentation made by the author at the “Conference on Migration and Media Awareness” in Hamburg in November 2017 jointly organized by Refugee Radio Awareness Network and Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik. In the panel on ‘Migration, Media, and Multiculturalism’ and in this article, she presents her perspective on&nbsp;ways to incorporate&nbsp;migration in the social change agenda of community media/radio. She reflects on the topic through scholarly readings and pertinent data to draw a conceptual vocabulary that links media and human mobility and proposes takeaways for sensitising community media/radio to play a crucial role in mainstreaming discourses and issues related to migration. The article recommends “voice capability” as a means for mobilising community media/radio to create spaces for migrants to have a voice and a voice that has matters.</p> Kanchan K. Malik Copyright (c) 2019 COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0 http://comcomsa.net/ojs/index.php/cc/article/view/6 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 09:52:05 +0000 The power of visibility: Participatory Video for social change in Gujarat, India http://comcomsa.net/ojs/index.php/cc/article/view/4 <p>Even as electronic media and the Internet sectors are undergoing a sea change, spaces for grassroots communities have been gradually shrinking.&nbsp; This article examines the manner in which participatory video can serve as an enabling and empowering tool for women. Taking Video SEWA in Gujarat as an example, it examines how participatory can help create awareness and be an effective tool in advocacy. It concludes that such grassroots coalitions are helping women constructing democratic collective spaces for themselves and develop their own narratives, voice their concerns, express their identities, and mobilize for social change.</p> Janardhan Rao Cheeli Copyright (c) 2019 COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0 http://comcomsa.net/ojs/index.php/cc/article/view/4 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 09:28:23 +0000 Ethnographic Action Research in Community Media Studies: Understanding the Approach http://comcomsa.net/ojs/index.php/cc/article/view/5 <p>This paper is an attempt to trace the methodological adoption of Ethnographic Action Research (EAR) as a new approach in the field of community media studies. Broadly, this particular paper is in an extended essay form to understand the very idea of EAR approach and what are the key aspects and benefits of this specific approach. The key question that this particular paper engages with is that how the EAR approach has helped in understanding certain digital and ICT interventions in community media. The historiography of this very approach will also help in understanding the efficacy and use of EAR approach in various contexts and scenarios. Primarily, this paper takes the existing literature into consideration to understand the EAR approach in a more comprehensive way.</p> Aniruddha Jena Copyright (c) 2019 COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0 http://comcomsa.net/ojs/index.php/cc/article/view/5 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000