Call for Abstracts Volume 3, Issue 3.
Theme: Media, Society and Democracy
The Journal for People´s Studies (JPS) calls for abstracts for its next issue on the theme MEDIA, SOCIETY AND DEMOCRACY. We invite academicians, scholars, intellectuals, media persons, activists, and others to come up with disciplinary and inter-disciplinary papers, which aim to critically analyse both scientific, as well as community approaches and varied discourses on the theme.
Media broadly refers to the various form of publication, broadcast and communication, in which different types of tool and techniques such as newspaper, radio, television, films, documentaries, internet, community medium, art forms, social media, alternative media, theatre, performance art, etc. are used to reach among people and society to inform, educate, create awareness, entertain and communicate. Media is the one of the powerful tools and integral part of human society. In any democracy, media plays an important role in shaping the public opinion and influencing people’s mind. It has both negative and positive aspects in shaping a civil society and democracy.
On the other hand, mass media is called the fourth pillar of the democracy, therefore, the liability of mass media increases in humanising a nation alongwith its societal constructs. The very construct of the terminology ‘mass’ speaks loud on it’s form as the biggest among all other forms. Naturally, it has higher outreach. These include newspapers, televisions and films. These forms have higher impact in constructing public opinion. Hence one could also assume that they have a bigger responsibility to reach out to each and every citizen and their issue in any nation and society. May the masses be from any class, caste, colour, race, religions, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and so forth without any discrimination and biased.
In recent times, the role of the mainstream media – as reported by people from oppressed and marginalised sections – have become very suspicious and biased. Although media is called mirror of the society, a cautionary watchdog, and the fourth pillar which lead society and democracy for consistent betterment, the ground story speak almost diametrically opposite to this. Thus the idea of democracy is in peril as mass media alongside legislature, executive and judiciary have stopped challenging and questioning the power centres thereby misleading people, society and democracy.
Contrary to this, people’s (community) media – particularly that of social groups that have been historically oppressed and marginalised – has been less explored in social science as such, despite its continuity for centuries unknown. Such forms have evolved over a period of thousands of years through a genuine and natural evolutionary process. While this has remained as a powerful mode of expression of the community culture, the dominant social setting has dismissed it as uncivilised and uncultured expressions. They have also come up derogatory and defamatory taxonomies such as folk, native, aboriginal, subaltern in order to represent such community expressions.
Despite all these historical bashing from the mainstream social and political settings, such cultural expressions have survived the turmoil of dominant sections for thousands of years. Further there has been an overwhelming impact of market forces under which they are slowly either reduced to the margins or at the verge of extinction. Any comprehensive study on media and it’s interconnects with the multiple systems of society has to certainly take into consideration the contribution, meaning, relevance and scope of these unknown and invisible forms of communication of the thus called ‘lesser humans’. Though there are several efforts by the international agencies such as the United Nations and others, these efforts have lesser acceptance in respective nation States.
Alternative media is another important form – which primarily differs from established or dominant media – that been in the circuit for several decades now. These have also taken many different forms over the years such as print, audio, video, internet and street forms too. While mainstream media as a whole represents the proposition of the government and corporate interests, alternative form of media tends to be non-commercial projects that advocate the interests of those who are otherwise excluded from the mainstream such as oppressed, marginalised, suppressed and exploited humanities. Alternative media challenges the dominant beliefs and values of a culture and have been generally referred as ‘counter hegemonic’ defining the dynamic relationship between the media and the participants that create and use them.
In recent decades, another important form of media has been the social media that are computer mediated technologies that facilitates the creation and sharing of ideas, information, patterns of common interests and other forms of expression through the creation of virtual communities and networks. This has attained vital important in recent years, particularly among the younger generation, with a shift from mainstream media to a different pattern of communication amongst the individuals and organisations. This is reflected in the substantial and pervasive changes of communication between businesses, organisations, communities and individuals. Social media differ from paper based media like newspaper and magazines or traditional electronic media such as television and radio broadcasting in many ways including quality, reach, frequency, interactivity, usability, immediacy, primacy, privacy and permanence.
All these are important areas of social science studies and research which have received less attention in mainstream studies. The forthcoming issue of JPS wishes to critically engage with the broader debate, discussion, issues and scope of media from academic perspective. It would look at the role of all the different forms media in building opinion, shaping civil society and a healthy democracy. Apart from mainstream mass media, it would further examine the various aspects of community media, social media and alternative media and it’s contributions – both historical as well as contemporary. There are many other pertaining issues that need critical, scholarly and intellectual interpretation. JPS invited scholars, academicians, intellectuals, researchers, media persons, professionals, practioneers, activists and others interested to submit their abstracts within the following sub-themes:
- Media and Society
- Media and Culture
- Media and Democracy
- Media, Society and Democracy
- Media and Women
- Media and Oppressed, Marginalised and Exploited groups
- Media and Minorities Issues
- Media and Politics
- Media and the construct of Public Opinion
- Media and the Construct of Social System
- Media and Advertisements
- Media, Convergence and People
- Media and Social Change
- Media, Discourse studies and Diaspora
- Mass Media, Society and Globalisation
- Mass Media versus the Media of Masses
- People’s (community) Media, it’s Contribution and Relevance
- Survival question of people’s (community) Media
- Alternative media and it’s role in Society
- Contributions of Alternative media
- Emergence of Social Media
- Mass media and Minorities Group
- Social Media and Oppressed, Marginalised and Exploited Social Groups
- Media Advocacy
- Community (people’s) media and community integration
- Social media and new formations of communities and networks
- Alternative/ Social Media and Online Agitation
- Alternative Media and Social Movements
- Alternative Media and Democracy
- Social Media and Social Change
- Digital community, e-governance, e-community, digital divide, network society
- Corporate media, Society and Democracy
- Critics of Media as the Fourth Pillar of Democracy
- Citizen Journalism
- Yellow Journalism
- Paid Media
- Media Rule and Regulations
- Code of Ethics in Media
- Impact of Television contents on People and Society
- Impact of Television in Democracy
- Film and Societal Constructs
- Theatre as a form of Media
- Impact of Theatre on Communities
JPS welcomes abstracts on any of the above given themes. We also welcome abstracts on any other related theme that the author/s considers that it would fall under the broader theme of the issue. Interested persons are requested to go through the guidelines for more details http://peoples-studies.com/submission-guidelines/. Any paper without following the style of writing will be rejected. Abstracts should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Abstract Submission – First Author’s name’ (for example: Abstract Submission – Peter Jones). Any submission after the deadline at any stage will not be entertained, unless it is reasonably communicated with the editors. Due to the large number of submissions, only those whose abstracts are shortlisted will be notified. For any further detail check http://peoples-studies.com.
Apart from the thematic articles, we also welcome special articles on issues of concerns within the ambit of social sciences, documents as well as reviews of books, films, documentaries, festivals, events or any other aspect that could be reviewed. Interested persons should visit http://peoples-studies.com/submission-guidelines/for further details.