Cultural Protest in Journalism, Documentary Films and the Arts: Between Protest and Professionalization

1st Edition

Daniel H. Mutibwa

Routledge
January 29, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 248 Pages
ISBN 9781138552135 - CAT# Y376275
Series: Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics

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Summary

Cultural Protest in Journalism, Documentary Film and the Arts: Between Protest and Professionalization entails a comprehensive account of the history and trajectory of contemporary journalistic, (documentary) film and arts and cultural actors rooted (partially or wholly) in radical, alternative, community, voluntary, participatory and independent movements primarily in Britain and Germany. It focuses particularly on the examination of production and organizational contexts of selected case studies, some of which date from the countercultural era.

The book takes a transnational and interdisciplinary approach encompassing a range of theoretical perspectives — drawn from the political economy of communication tradition; alternative media scholarship; journalism studies; critical sociological and cultural studies of media industries; cultural industries research; and critical and social theory — in conjunction with extensive ethnographic fieldwork. It does so to reveal the obscure nature of media and cultural production and organization at seventeen media and cultural actors based in Britain and Germany, including South Africa and Nigeria. A particular focus is placed on how such actors balance competing imperatives of a civic/socio-political, professional, artistic and commercial nature as well as various systemic pressures, and on how they navigate the resultant ambivalences, paradoxes and tensions in their day-to-day work.

In essence, the book highlights key insights into a changing nature and quality of engagement with social and political realities in protest cultures.

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