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This book is the first one in English about the famous community radlo stations operated in Bolivia by the miners' trade unions. Since about 1950, there has been a network of more than twenty radios all locally funded and operated. This book focuses on the most heroic period of their existence during the twenty-five years from about 1960 to 1985. This unique experience of local media is described through the voices of Latin American communication researchers and political activists. The chapters are selected and translated by Alan O'Connor who published the first scholarly article in English on the Bolivian miners' radios. This book also gives readers an introduction to the methods and concerns of Latin American communication researchers. This work includes overview written by Bolivian communication researchers who first brought the miners' radios to the attention of researchers on participatory media. These pioneering articles struggle to fit the unruly miners' radios into the concepts of debates about global communications. They stress what is unique about the Bolivian experience and the successes, problems and lack of resources of the radio stations. The book also includes moving testimonies by participants in the radio stations. An historic transcript from a live broadcast shows how the radios connect up during times of political crisis in an attempt to organize resistance to a military coup. With the decline of the Bolivian mining industry since 1985 many of the radio stations no longer exist. The book documents attempts to rescue at least some of the stations and continue their work into the present.
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Dr. Alan O'Connor teaches in the Cultural Studies Program at Trent University in Canada. He has published articles on community media in Latin America and more recently on punk subculture in Mexico and Canada.Review:
"It is within this cultural and political framework that the dynamic and inspiriting experiences of the independent Bolivian radio stations need to be understood. This book offers us a precious archive of those experiences, highlighting what extraordinary achievements can be made in often harsh and difficult circumstances. It underscores also just how much the global North has to learn from the global South, whether it realizes it or not. It is symptomatic that such an important archive of information for the global movement against injustice and exploitation should be virtually unknown outside Latin American media activist circles and Alan O'Connor's dedication to getting this story onto the shelves and into a more secure and accessible place in history deserves all our gratitude." (From the Commendatory Preface) John Downing, Director, Global Media Research Center, Southern Illinois University "Alan O'Connor's edited text on Bolivian Miners' Radio provides an important set of analyses of a significant but relatively unknown mode of oppositional media. The studies are all original and engaging and together provide a text that should be of interest to International communication researchers, Latin American scholars, and those interested in media and politics. As John Downing notes in his excellent Preface, radio has been relatively neglected by contemporary communication scholars. Yet there is growing interest in alternative media throughout the world and Bolivian Miners' Radio provides an illuminating case study of how workers can develop their own institutions and practices of communication and use technology to advance their struggles. The studies collected describe the history, practice and problems of Bolivian Miners' Radio and provide an excellent resource for those of us interested in communication and politics and the construction of alternative media practices." - Douglas Keliner, UCLA "This is a remarkable book, which provides vivid testimony to an important, and neglected, chapter in the only partly written history of the struggles of people across the world to gain just access to the tools of communication. The story of the Bolivian Miners Radio is especially remarkable because of the extreme constraints under which it operated and was maintained for decades. The book mixes recollections, analysis, transcripts of actual broadcasts, and more theoretical pieces, none of them available in English before and some of them published here for the very first time. Together they amount to an important and moving historical document of the sort of which media history has left all too few. The book deserves a wide readership. All scholars and practitioners of media outside mainstream institutions owe Alan O'Connor a debt for bringing this fascinating text together." - Nick Couldry, Senior Lecturer, London School of Economics and Political Science"
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Book Description Edwin Mellen Pr, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0773463925