Radio Fields: Anthropology and Wireless Sound in the 21st Century

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Lucas Bessire, Daniel Fisher
NYU Press, Nov 19, 2012 - 286 páginas
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Radio is the most widespread electronic medium in the world today. As a form of technology that is both durable and relatively cheap, radio remains central to the everyday lives of billions of people around the globe. It is used as a call for prayer in Argentina and Appalachia, to organize political protest in Mexico and Libya, and for wartime communication in Iraq and Afghanistan. In urban centers it is played constantly in shopping malls, waiting rooms, and classrooms. Yet despite its omnipresence, it remains the media form least studied by anthropologists. Radio Fields employs ethnographic methods to reveal the diverse domains in which radio is imagined, deployed, and understood. Drawing on research from six continents, the volume demonstrates how the particular capacities and practices of radio provide singular insight into diverse social worlds, ranging from aboriginal Australia to urban Zambia. Together, the contributors address how radio creates distinct possibilities for rethinking such fundamental concepts as culture, communication, community, and collective agency.
 

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Cultural History of FM Radio
48
Producing the Voice
69
How Radio Engineers Encode Israeli
89
Female Preachers and
108
Testimony
124
Two Views from
142
Notes on the Politics
160
Multicultural Broadcasting and Immigrant
179
Media Metaphysics and Making Moral Life
197
The Prosthesis of
215
Changing Experiences of Domestic
233
Sensuous and Linguistic
250
An Afterword
268
Index
281
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Lucas Bessire is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.

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