Negotiating Communication Rights: Case Studies from India

By Pradip N. Thomas - 2011

Communication rights is a key issue in contemporary societies, especially in a country like India, which faces major communication deficits. Negotiating Communication Rights explores some of the most important aspects of communication rights movements in India. Beginning with the theoretical aspects of communication rights, the book deals with five case studies related to significant movements of our times. It also analyses the complexity of specific rights issues in India, such as women's rights, citizen activism and the role of media.

The book explores the processes through which ordinary citizens have developed spaces for self-expression - a concept synonymous with media democratization. The author argues for the need for streamlining of communication rights movements in India and for an India-specific framework for communication rights.

Part 1 : Theory
A Brief History of Communication Rights
A Philosophy of Communication Rights
Observations on the Theorising of Communication Rights in India
The Communication Rights of Refugees and Displaced People
Part 2 : Case Studies in India
The Right to Information Movement
The Community Radio Movement
The Women and Media Movement
The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Movement
The Citizen Journalism Movement
Postscript: On the Operationalisation of Communication Rights in India Today

Sage Publications (2011).


By Pradip N. Thomas| 2011


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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