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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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Radio Fields

Radio Fields

An Afterword

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Radio Fields

Faye Ginsburg

NYU Press

In this afterword, the author reflects on the connection between anthropology and radio as well as radio's significance as an object of ethnographic inquiry and theorization. The author first shares a personal story on how she became involved in the making of this book, whose editors exemplify two key pathways to research on radio among anthropologists: happy accident and strategic choice. This is evident in the chapters on the use of two-way radio among Ayoreo speakers in the Gran Chaco region, free radio in Mexico, Radio MultiKulti in Germany, and radio in Indigenous communities of Latin America and Australia. These and other chapters demonstrate the considerable differences that characterize the radio fields. The author groups the contributions in this book along five “axes” to stress some of the key features of radio as a social practice: The Voice, Radio and Nation, Community Radio, Transnational Circuits, and Language and Perception. She concludes by sharing her own ethnographic notes on the radio fields she inhabits in New York to show how radio shapes her experience and multiple subjectivities.

Keywords:   anthropology, radio, two-way radio, free radio, Radio MultiKulti, radio fields, voice, community radio, language, perception

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