Communication activism as a school of politics: lessons From Spain's Indignados movement

Barbas, A and Postill, J 2017, 'Communication activism as a school of politics: lessons From Spain's Indignados movement', Journal of Communication, vol. 67, no. 5, pp. 646-664.


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Title Communication activism as a school of politics: lessons From Spain's Indignados movement
Author(s) Barbas, A
Postill, J
Year 2017
Journal name Journal of Communication
Volume number 67
Issue number 5
Start page 646
End page 664
Total pages 19
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract Association In this article, we draw on ethnographic research to examine some key communication activism practices of Spain's indignados (15M) movement. The 15M radically transformed communication activism in Spain through its strong political-pedagogical orientation. Here lies the greatest 15M lesson for Communication for Social Change: Ordinary citizens in countries like Spain are rejecting traditional roles as "beneficiaries" of institutional communication campaigns. Instead, they have become active political actors who are able to generate their own processes of political pedagogy and communication. We conceptualize this lesson by positing the existence of three principles of 15M communication activism as a school of politics: the principles of pedagogical sovereignty, action, and networking.
Subject Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) 15M Movement
Communication Activism
Communication for Social Change
Education
Indignados
Pedagogy
Politics
Spain
DOI - identifier 10.1111/jcom.12321
Copyright notice © 2017 International Communication Association
ISSN 0021-9916
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