India’s Narmada dams controversy: interdisciplinary examples of global media advocacy

Chapman, Jane (2007) India’s Narmada dams controversy: interdisciplinary examples of global media advocacy. The Journal of International Communication, 13 (1). pp. 71-85. ISSN 1321-6597

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Abstract

What sources will contemporary historians use when they reflect on resistance to globalisation by regional and environmental groups such as India's NBA (Narmada Bachao Andolan or 'Save the Narmada Movement')? As the country is the world's third most important dam builder, consistent mass protest against construction of the 3,200 Narmada dams in this enormous river valley over almost 20 years must surely merit further study. Campaigners seem to have developed a sense of history, but how do some of their most well-known international works of communication conform to existing models of media advocacy?
This article assesses the nature of two documentary films - Anand Patwardhan's (with Simantini Dhuru) A Narmada Diary (1997) and Fanny Armstrong's Drowned Out (2004) - and the writings of Arundhati Roy, all emanating from the Narmada Dams controversy. As works of advocacy, these media communications popularised the Narmada conflict internationally, and in the process also championed fresh styles of communication. These three works represent interdisciplinary examples which, through their narratives and styles, have brought an extended creative and political repertoire of 'engaged' journalism on development issues to mainstream outlets outside of India. These examples allow us to test the continuing relevance of certain aspects of counter-hegemonic discourses, as presented in existing academic work.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:India, Narmada dams, documentary film, Arundhati Roy, media communication, jc2010, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Anand Patwardhan, protest, globalisation, engaged journalism, advocacy journalism, Narmada Dams controversy, Sardar Sarovar Dam
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V271 International History
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P990 Mass Communications and Documentation not elsewhere classified
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V243 South East Asian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
L Social studies > L321 Women's Studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V200 History by area
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P590 Journalism not elsewhere classified
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V310 Economic History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R130 French Society and Culture
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V240 Asian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V242 Indian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V140 Modern History
R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R100 French studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V221 French History
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P390 Media studies not elsewhere classified
R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R190 French studies not elsewhere classified
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P305 Paper-based Media studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Journalism
ID Code:1413
Deposited By: Jane Chapman
Deposited On:24 Oct 2007
Last Modified:30 Aug 2013 13:19

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