The Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS) Campaign: Applying Social Movement Theories to an Analysis of Global

By Pradip N. Thomas - 2006

Social movement theories offer useful conceptual and analytical tools to the study and research of global media reform movements. This article is a critical analysis of the Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS) campaign. It explores its successes and blind-spots in the light of social movement theory, in particular resource mobilization theory (RMT), and offers practical directions for the movement to move on from where it is to where it ought to be. The author concludes that even as the achievements of CRIS need to be celebrated, its coming of age warrants a critical assessment of the campaign's successes and limitations. CRIS has always been less of a campaign and more of a movement. CRIS offers a number of entry points for research-at the level of its structure, organizational dynamics, the production of content, decision-making processes, global-local dynamics, its level of participation, networking, strategy, and sustainability. CRIS remains the most visible, global expression of the communication rights movement.

International Communication Gazettevol. 68 no. 4 291-312

By Pradip N. Thomas| 2006
Categories:  Landmarks


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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