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Alternative media hold the promise of building public awareness andaction against the constraints and limitations of media conglomerationand cutbacks to public broadcasting. These media are becoming keyvenues for community expression and political debate, but what is itthat makes them alternative? The contributors to this path-breaking volume answer this questionby examining the evolution of various forms of alternativemedia - including indigenous, anarchist, ethnic, andfeminist media - against the backdrop of historical,political, economic, and cultural developments in Canada. Rather thanconsidering alternative media simply as non-mainstream, or employingthe typical case study approach, they get at the heart of alternativemedia by focusing on the three interconnected dimensions that definethem: structure, participation, and activism. They show thatalternative media are practices and technologies - rangingfrom radio and film to online social media and do-it-yourselfzines - motivated by the ideals of social action. Alternative Media in Canada not only reveals howalternative media are enabled and constrained in the context of theCanadian policy environment; it also shows that, in the context ofglobalization, the Canadian experience parallels media and policychallenges in other nations. Kirsten Kozolanka is an associate professor in theSchool of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. Patricia Mazepa and David Skinner areboth associate professors in the Department of Communication Studies atYork University. Contributors: Marian Bredin, Nicole S. Cohen,Barbara M. Freeman, Sandra Jeppesen, Karim H. Karim, Evan Light,Michael Lithgow, Sonja Macdonald, Kate Milberry, and Scott Uzelman.