Voices of Resistance: Communication and Social Change

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 Voices of Resistance: Communication and Social Change
Purdue University Press

Book Description

This book re-presents voices of resistance from across the globe to document the communicative processes, practices, and frameworks through which neoliberal global policies are currently being defied. Based on examples, case studies, and ethnographic reports, Voices of Resistance serves as a space for engaging various perspectives from the global margins in dialogue. The emphasis of the book is on the core idea that creating spaces for listening to voices of resistance fosters openings for the politics of social change—interweaving the stories of the local, the national, and the global. The book is divided into chapters addressing the politics of resistance in the contexts of global economic policies, agriculture, education, health, poverty, and development.


Key Points:


  • Presents a theoretical framework for understanding topical, popular resistance movements such as Occupy Wall Street.
  • Case study approach makes the book useful supplementary reading for advanced undergraduate or graduate classes in disciplines such as political science, communication, and media studies.
  • The ethnographic approach adopted gives a human face to political and social movements that are otherwise difficult to conceptualize.


Listen to an interview with the author (broadcast on WBAA Public Radio from Purdue on September 11, 2012).

About the Author(s):

Mohan J. Dutta

Mohan J. Dutta is Professor of Communication and Director of the Center on Poverty and Health Inequities (COPHI) at Purdue University, where he teaches and conducts research in international health communication, critical cultural theory, poverty in health care, activism in globalization politics, indigenous cosmologies of health, subaltern studies and dialogue, and public policy and social change. Spanning over one hundred articles and six books, his research examines marginalization in contemporary health care and the ways in which participatory, culture-centered processes and strategies are organized in marginalized contexts.