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Popular music fanzines: genre, aesthetics, and the “Democratic Conversation” (2010)
Journal Article
Atton, C. (2010). Popular music fanzines: genre, aesthetics, and the “Democratic Conversation”. Popular Music and Society, 33, 517-531. https://doi.org/10.1080/03007761003694316

Research into fanzines has tended to locate them as subcultural artefacts whose significance is found in their symbolic fit with the subculture responsible for producing them. As a consequence, fanzines have mostly been interpreted homologically as... Read More about Popular music fanzines: genre, aesthetics, and the “Democratic Conversation”.

Writing about listening: alternative discourses in rock journalism (2009)
Journal Article
Atton, C. (2009). Writing about listening: alternative discourses in rock journalism. Popular Music, 28, 53-67. https://doi.org/10.1017/S026114300800158X

‘Alternative’ publications challenge the conventional discourses of rock journalism. In particular, the dominant discourses of authenticity, masculinity and mythology might be countered by publications that emphasise historical and (sub)cultural fra... Read More about Writing about listening: alternative discourses in rock journalism.

Why alternative journalism matters. (2008)
Journal Article
Atton, C., & Hamilton, J. F. (2008). Why alternative journalism matters. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 1-15

Current Issues in Alternative Media Research (2007)
Journal Article
Atton, C. (2007). Current Issues in Alternative Media Research. Sociology Compass, 1, 17-27. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9020.2007.00005.x

Research in alternative media has burgeoned since the turn of the millennium. The majority of studies has examined the political and social dimensions of alternative media and has focused on the media of social movements. The value of these amateur m... Read More about Current Issues in Alternative Media Research.

Sociologie de la Presse Musicale Alternative en Grande Bretagne (2006)
Journal Article
Atton, C. (2006). Sociologie de la Presse Musicale Alternative en Grande Bretagne. Copyright Volume! Autour des Musiques Populaires, 5, 7-25

Research on alternative media have often adopted the punk fanzine to establish as teacher. This article intends to return to this finding and explore a wide range of zines and magazines questioning the usual equation between professionalism and stand... Read More about Sociologie de la Presse Musicale Alternative en Grande Bretagne.

Reshaping social movement media for a new millennium. (2003)
Journal Article
Atton, C. (2003). Reshaping social movement media for a new millennium. Social Movement Studies, 2, 3-15

This article contextualizes Indymedia, the Internet-based network of Independent Media Centres (IMCs) that has developed since the 30 November protests in Seattle against the World Trade Organization talks there in 1999. In a short space of time this... Read More about Reshaping social movement media for a new millennium..

The Mundane and its reproduction in alternative media. (2001)
Journal Article
Atton, C. (2001). The Mundane and its reproduction in alternative media. Journal of Mundane Behavior, 20,

Alternative media may be characterised by the degree to which they are de-professionalised, de-institutionalised and de-capitalised. Using these characteristics as a starting point, the presence of the mundane in the production of alternative media i... Read More about The Mundane and its reproduction in alternative media..

Anarchy on the Internet: obstacles and opportunities for alternative electronic publishing. (1996)
Journal Article
Atton, C. (1996). Anarchy on the Internet: obstacles and opportunities for alternative electronic publishing. Anarchist studies, 4, 115-132

The article summarises the constraints on alternative (print) publishing: economic, legal and social. It suggests that electronic publishing on the Internet might dispense with such constraints. After a discussion of anarchist views of the Internet,... Read More about Anarchy on the Internet: obstacles and opportunities for alternative electronic publishing..