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Radio FieldsAnthropology and Wireless Sound in the 21st Century$
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Lucas Bessire and Daniel Fisher

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814771679

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814771679.001.0001

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Community and Indigenous Radio in Oaxaca

Community and Indigenous Radio in Oaxaca

Testimony and Participatory Democracy

(p.124) 6 Community and Indigenous Radio in Oaxaca
Radio Fields

Lynn Stephen

NYU Press

This chapter examines how radio, and in particular the personal testimonials it broadcasts, is intertwined with the enactment of participatory democracy. To this end, the chapter analyzes the 2006 women's march in Oaxaca, Mexico, that took over state-owned and commercial radio stations. It asks why community and indigenous radio suddenly spread across the area after the march and how new opportunities for participatory democracy in Oaxaca relate to the postmarch integration of testimonial speech genres. It highlights the potential of broadcast community radio to become a political force based on its ability to provide a forum for expanding the speech genre of personal testimonial that emphasizes inclusive political participation and emotional expressions. The chapter considers how the antihegemonic or empowering potentials of radio broadcasting are shaped by direct action and language ideologies or communicational style.

Keywords:   personal testimonials, participatory democracy, women's march, Oaxaca, Mexico, radio stations, community radio, testimonial speech, radio broadcasting, indigenous radio

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