1st Edition

Listening to the Listeners of Community Radio

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ISBN 9780367535865
July 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge India
1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book looks at the rich and complex history of broadcasting and community broadcasting in the multicultural and multilingual milieu in India. It explores the world of community radio and how community radio broadcasters hear and speak to their audiences under the overarching theme of polyphony.

The book discusses the socio-historical contexts which allowed community radio to thrive in India. It highlights its potential to create alternative spaces of representation, and opportunity and its importance in preserving and disseminating local knowledge and traditions. The author weaves together ethnographic research and literature, as well as personal narratives and stories of those involved in the field. Further, the monograph critically examines the impact of development agendas on community projects and processes, discussing in detail the pervasiveness of the development discourse in every aspect of community radio and how it manifests on air. It also illustrates the limitations of community radio, within the context of its participation in the ‘spectacle of development’.

Accessible and deeply insightful, this book will be of interest to researchers and students of cultural studies, sociology, social anthropology, media and communication studies, and South Asian studies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction 2. "Don’t touch that dial" 3. Noise floor 4 Tech specs 5 Following the script 6 Caller screening 7 Feedback and distortion 8 Normalize and Amplify 9 Multitracking 10 Pass the mic 11 The mixdown. Index.

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Bridget Backhaus is a lecturer in journalism and communications in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University, Australia. She is a member of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and holds a PhD from Loughborough University London. Her research explores the role of community radio in social change with particular focus on issues of voice, listening, identity, and participation.