Radio Fields: Anthropology And Wireless Sound In The 21st Century by Lucas BessireRadio Fields: Anthropology And Wireless Sound In The 21st Century by Lucas Bessire

Radio Fields: Anthropology And Wireless Sound In The 21st Century

byLucas Bessire

Paperback | November 19, 2012

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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.
Title:Radio Fields: Anthropology And Wireless Sound In The 21st CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:298 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:November 19, 2012Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814738192

ISBN - 13:9780814738191

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"In a series of striking case studies, Radio Fields reveals the vibrancy and diversity of wireless technologies across an enormous geographic range. From radio that constitutes the nation to the pirate, religious, indigenous and ‘free’ radio that provide alternatives to it, the essays draw out the breadth of contemporary radio practices.  Mixing together technological analyses of voice, liveness, and immediacy with their political effects, the volume shows how radio is felt as well as heard, and brings out the entanglements of audition, religion, technology, and politics that makes up the social life of radio around the world."-Brian Larkin,Barnard College, Columbia University