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Media movements : civil society and media policy reform in Latin America / María Soledad Segura and Silvio Waisbord.
Segura, María Soledad, 1975- author.
London : Zed Books, [2016]

214 pages ; 22 cm.
In their highly detailed study, María Soledad Segura and Silvio Waisbord scrutinize the goals, tactics, and impacts of civic movements across the region. Offering both a historical perspective and an in-depth analysis of the contemporary situation, Media Movements transcends simple conceptions of "the national" versus "the global" to reveal complicated processes of media policy-making and to evaluate the significance of local politicians and citizens, global figures, and legal frameworks.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 186-205) and index.
Other Authors:
Waisbord, Silvio R. (Silvio Ricardo), 1961- author.
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*Winner of the AEJMC-Knudson Latin America Prize 2017*

Social movements throughout contemporary Latin America are successfully influencing and shaping media policy. In this highly original, detailed, and in-depth study, Silvio Waisbord and María Soledad Segura scrutinize the goals, tactics, and impact of civic media movements across the region, demonstrating the full extent of media activism on domestic policy and politics.

Media Movements goes beyond simple conceptions of 'the national' versus 'the global' to reveal the complicated process of media policy-making, and to evaluate the significance of local political elites and citizens, global actors, and legal frameworks.

With success rates varying across the region, the authors offer an assessment of the impact of citizens' mobilization on policy-making, as well as the effects of legislation on ownership, funding, community media, non-profit media, and public media.

Author Notes

María Soledad Segura is professor at Facultad de Ciencias Sociales and Facultad de Ciencias de la Comunicación of Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and is a researcher at Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas of Argentina. She edited Los medios sin fines de lucro entre la Ley Audiovisual y los decretos. Estrategias, desafíos y debates en el escenario 2009-2015 (2016) and Agitar la palabra. Participación social y democratización de las comunicaciones (2014).

Silvio Waisbord is professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University. His most recent books are Reinventing Professionalism: Journalism and News in Global Perspective (2013), Media Sociology: A Reappraisal (editor, 2014), and Vox populista: Medios, periodismo, democracia (2013).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
1 Limited pluralism and "elite-captured" policiesp. 15
2 The field of media activism: organizations and demandsp. 39
3 Strategiesp. 62
4 Policy reformsp. 84
5 Political opportunitiesp. 103
6 Why transnational activism mattersp. 124
7 Policy implementationp. 149
Conclusion: the contributions of media movementsp. 172
Referencesp. 186
Interviewsp. 206
Indexp. 208