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Other Voices
The Struggle for Community Radio in India


© 2007 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Other Voices is a significant study of an emerging alternative media scene in India in the larger context of the globalisation of mass communication. It explores community radio in India. When the trend globally is toward mergers, acquisitions, and concentration of ownership in fewer and fewer corporate hands, civil society organisations all over the world have been promoting such alternative, community-owned media.

This study investigates the ideologies and communication practices of various community-based organisations that have been using community radio as a means for empowerment at the grassroots. Adopting the case-study method, the authors do an indepth analysis of four community radio projects in India—in Andhra pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Jharkhand.

This book documents the struggle for community radio in India in the context of the state`s reluctance to open up the airwaves, It explores appropriate frameworks for policy-making, including a comparative study of the policies related to community radio in liberal, democratic countries. It also offers a comprehensive assessment of the history of broadcasting policy in India, leading up to the announcement of a community radio policy at the end of 2006.
 
Introduction
Politics of Community Radio in India  
 
Legislating for Community Radio
A Comparative Analysis of Policy Frameworks in other Countries  
 
Mixed Signals
Radio Broadcasting Policy in India  
 
Facilitating Community Radio in India
Profiles of NGOs and their Community Radio Initiatives  
 
Narrowcasting Development
Community Radio and Participatory Communication  
 
Revitalizing Civil Society
Forging Counter Publics with Community Radio  
 
Community Radio for Empowerment
The Gender Dimension  
 
Conclusion
Community Radio in India - Opportunities and Challenges  
 
Appendices
 
References
 
Index

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ISBN: 9780761936022