Voice & Matter

Communication, Development and the Cultural Return

“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

II. Ethnography and Agency at the Margins

When and How Does Voice Matter? And How Do We Know?

Jo Tacchi

Building Voice and Capacity to Aspire of the Urban Poor. A View from Below

Sheela Patel

Save us from Saviours. Disrupting Development Narratives of the Rescue and Uplift of the ‘Third World Woman’

Andrea Cornwall

Africa’s Voices Versus Big Data? The Value of Citizen Engagement through Interactive Radio

Sharath Srinivasan
Claudia Abreu Lopes

A History of Cultural Futures. ‘Televisual Sovereignty’ in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Media

Faye Ginsburg

Gringo Trails, Gringo Tales. Storytelling, Destination Perspectives, and Tourism Globalization

Pegi Vail

III. The Return of the Politics of Hope

Debating the Politics of Hope. An Introduction

Ronald Stade

On The Capacity to Aspire. Conversation with Arjun Appadurai

Ronald Stade

Aspiration as Universal Human Capacity. A Response to Arjun Appadurai

Nigel Rapport

Is Good Intention Enough to Be Heard? On Appadurai’s ‘Capacity to Aspire’

Gudrun Dahl

Hope, Fairness and the Search for the Good Life. A Slightly Oblique Comment to Arjun Appadurai

Thomas Hylland Eriksen


Contributing Authors

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