Voice & Matter

Communication, Development and the Cultural Return
Redaktör(er): Oscar Hemer, Thomas Tufte

“Voice and Matter is an outstanding collection that will reinstate the centrality and urgency of Communication for Development as an area of research and a field of practice. Hemer and Tufte’s vast expertise in the field of ComDev shines through in the volume’s multi­disciplinary approach, methodological and ­theoretical ­advances, and inclusion of contributions from diverse world regions (i.e. Latin American schools of participatory communication and recent African Ubuntu-centric epistemologies, among others). Drawing from the lived experiences of collectives and individuals who use media and communication to work toward emancipation and social justice, the chapters in this volume make important contributions to how we think about voice, power, technology, culture, and social change. Taking on the ­challenge of interrogating the development industries and their inability to detach from market forces and confront power inequities, this volume repositions the agency of subjects who use their own voices and their own media on their own terms – taking matters into their own hands.”

Clemencia Rodríguez, Professor in Media Studies and Production, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA


Editors’ Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction. Why Voice and Matter Matter
Oscar Hemer, Thomas Tufte
I. Reframing Communication in Culture and Development
Communication and Cultural Identity. An Anthropological Perspective
Francis B. Nyamnjoh
The Language and Voice of the Oppressed
Linje Manyozo
Stealing the Fire. Communication for Development from the Margins of Cyberspace
Stefania Milan
The Political Economy of the Development Industry
Karin Gwinn Wilkins, Kyung Sun Lee
International Volunteering in Development Assistance. Partnership, Public Diplomacy, or Communication for Development?
Susanne Schech
Mediating Stuart Hall
Anders Høg Hansen, Faye Ginsburg, Lola Young