Immigrant media and communication processes for social change in Korea : a case study of Migrants Workers Television

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Title: Immigrant media and communication processes for social change in Korea : a case study of Migrants Workers Television
Author: Chae, Young-gil
Abstract: In the context of critical development communication , the processes are discussed centering two key constructs including 'power' and 'dialogic praxis' in the analytical frame for this research . In addition , theories and practices of immigrant media and social movements provide constructive perspectives discussing characteristics forms of collective actions for immigrant communities (local -global , transnational , and heterogeneous ; roles of immigrant media (movement resource and cultural resource ) in a host society . However , we are less informed about communication processes for migrant agents to construct migrant social movement . Much less is discussed about communication processes and their implications of media communications of immigrant media . Thus , to bridge the theoretical and practical gaps , this dissertation research attempt to contextualize communication processes of an immigrant media , MWTV , engaged in the migrant social movement in order to explore how relatively powerless migrant agents develop alternative forms and ways of praxis for social change through their media communications . Throughout two field research , this particular research could identify a 'asymmetric power structure' formed through the relations between diverse social agencies related to the processes for social changes for the immigrant communities in Korea , which induce 'the mediated praxis' shaping 'asymmetric solidarity ,' 'objectification of the migrant agents ,' and 'assimilation of movement culture .' Then , the immigrant media , MWTV have been developed to 'remediate' existing dominant forms and ways of social changes constitutive of 'dialogic praxis' of the foreign agents . Thus , media communication of immigrant media is viewed as conscious collective actions to 'remediate mediated praxis' for social and cultural change in a host society rather than mere symbolic resources for social or cultural reorientation . It means that the flexible , collaborator , and reflective communication structure of MWTV are deliberately reconstructed not as 'conditions' but as 'consequences' of critical reflection on mediated praxis .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /9676
Date: 2011-01-20

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Immigrant media and communication processes for social change in Korea : a case study of Migrants Workers Television. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /9676 .

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