Skip to main content
Palgrave Macmillan

Digital Activism, Community Media, and Sustainable Communication in Latin America

  • Book
  • © 2020


  • Includes perspectives from academics, media practitioners, and activists alike
  • Considers the important role of digital tools and strategies in community activism
  • Details efforts to document, promote, and strengthen indigenous language, knowledge, and culture

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this book

eBook USD 16.99 USD 84.99
Discount applied Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as EPUB and PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Softcover Book USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Other ways to access

Licence this eBook for your library

Institutional subscriptions

About this book

This book brings together academic and activist work on community media, feminist, decolonial, and Indigenous perspectives to digital activism, including Free and Open Communication in Latin America. The essays in this collection speak to major changes over the past decade that are reshaping  digital media uses and practices.  The case studies presented here question many commonly held assumptions around global media ownership, sustainability, and access relevant to countries beyond Latin American contexts.   

Similar content being viewed by others


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Digital Territories: Transnational and Local Hybrid Experiences

  2. Digital Activism and Resistance

  3. Documenting, Representing, and Strengthening Indigenous Language and Culture


“In Digital Activism, Community Media, and Sustainable Communication in Latin America, Martens, Venega and Sharupi Tapuy address a major gap in the literature — namely the community-based challenges to existing configurations of technology.  Foregrounding indigenous activism and networks across the Americas, this volume makes an unprecedented contribution to our understanding of the ongoing agency of the populations that preceded the colonial onslaught.  Activists and scholars in this book resoundingly address Luis Ramiro Beltrán’s still urgent question:  who are you neutral against?  Digital and legacy technologies are not neutral, and the contributors to this volume take one more step toward decolonizing so-called International Communications by decentering the Eurocentric bulk of research and inserting the voices and projects of the Mapuche, Achuar, and Mixteca in a variety of locations in Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, and Chile.  This is a must read in Communications Scholarship.” (Angharad N. Valdivia, Research Professor, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana)

Editors and Affiliations

  • College of Social Sciences and the Humanities (COSISOH), Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador

    Cheryl Martens

  • Department of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, USA

    Cristina Venegas

  • Universidad Politécnica Salesiana Quijos Nationality (NAOQUI) and Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana, Quito, Ecuador

    Etsa Franklin Salvio Sharupi Tapuy

About the editors

Cheryl Martens PhD is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Liberal Arts program at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Her research and publications concentrate on the sociology and political economy of communication, media policy, and digital activism in South America.

 Cristina Venegas PhD is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the politics, histories, and formations of global and transnational media, revolutionary media cultures, media historiography, and film festivals with an emphasis on Latin America.

 Etsa Franklin Salvio Sharupi Tapuy is an Amazonian leader of Quijos and Shuar heritage. He is currently the Communication Advisor for the Quijos Nationality (NAOQUI), and a digital journalist (lancero digital) in CONFENIAE's Amazonian community press. As a researcher and Quijos wankiri and Shuar juakmaru (sage leader), he has been a guest lecturer at international conferences in Europe and throughout the Americas, specializing in Quijos history and the anti-colonial hero and leader, Jumandi.  He is currently completing a degree in Anthropology at Universidad Politécnica Salesiana in Ecuador.  



Bibliographic Information

Publish with us