Community Radio in India: A Social Movement or Grassroots Globalization
Date: Thursday March 7, 2013
The legislation in 2006 and the subsequent emergence of community radio comes at the heel of the rise, indeed boom, of commercial FM radio in India. The phenomenon of community radio strikes a balance between economic and political extremes. If the rise of community radio in rural and urban India is part of the spectrum of "Social forms" according to scholars, then this movement counts for "grassroots globalization" or "globalization from below". That is, community radio creates a significant milieu where disenfranchised and marginal populations are able to represent their local concerns in their vernacular, thereby resisting a trend of "symbolic annihilation" characteristic of mainstream or market oriented media forms.
Dr. Priya will present the case of one particular community radio center in Uttarakhand, the seat of the well known Chipkyo Movement and the Seed Save Movement.
Dr. Priya Kapoor, is a professor of Communication at Portland State University. She teaches intercultural communication, Communication, Society & Culture, and other communication courses. She holds degrees from the University of Delhi and Indian Institute of Mass Communication; and is currently involved in a community radio project in India.