Methodological Reflections on Researching Communication and Social Change

  • Norbert Wildermuth
  • Teke Ngomba

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change book series (PSCSC)

About this book


This book identifies the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches to research in communication and social change. It examines the methodological opportunities and challenges occasioned by rapid technological affordances and society-wide transformations. This study provides grounded insights on these issues from a broad range of proficient academics and experienced practitioners. 

Overall, the different contributions address four key themes: a critical evaluation of different ethnographic approaches in researching communication for/and social change; a critical appraisal of visual methodologies and theatre for development research; a methodological appraisal of different participatory approaches to researching social change; and a critical examination of underlying assumptions of knowledge production within the dominant strands of methodological approaches to researching social change. 

In addressing these issues through a critical reflection of the methodological decisions and implications of their research projects, the contributors in this book offer perspectives that are highly relevant for students, researchers and practitioners within the broad field of communication for/and social change. 


information and communication technologies social change social development methodology Communication

Editors and affiliations

  • Norbert Wildermuth
    • 1
  • Teke Ngomba
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Communication and ArtsRoskilde UniversityRoskildeDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Media and Journalism StudiesSchool of Communication and Culture Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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