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Breaking the sound barrier, histories and practices of women's radio

Mitchell, Caroline (2014) Breaking the sound barrier, histories and practices of women's radio. In: Routledge Companion to British Media History. Routledge, London and New York, pp. 345-355. ISBN 9780415537186

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According to Kate Lacey, “Radio is one of the sites where gender is produced, reproduced and transformed” (1996: 244). The first collection of research about women and radio (Mitchell, 2000a) recognized that women’s cultural relationship to radio, whilst largely overlooked by media academics, had undergone great changes. It uncovered and recovered ‘hidden’ histories about women working in radio and explored the development of programing and programs by and for women within different sectors of radio. It reflected the emerging but fragmented theory and research in this area including gendered radio, the nature of female audiences and perspectives about women working in the industry and how women’s radio stations in the community sector enable women to get on air and define media space themselves.

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Depositing User: Caroline Mitchell


Item ID: 9481
ISBN: 9780415537186
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Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 12:25
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 15:45


Author: Caroline Mitchell

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Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries > School of Media and Communications


Culture > History and Politics
Media > Radio

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