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

Lucas Bessire and Daniel Fisher


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. This book employs ethnographic met ... More

Keywords: radio, electronic medium, culture, communication, community, collective agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814771679
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814771679.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucas Bessire, author

Daniel Fisher, author

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