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Salvatore Scifo <[log in to unmask]>
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Salvatore Scifo <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 19 Nov 2008 12:49:16 +0100
---Apologies for cross-posting ---

Dear All,
members of the list might be interested in two recent books about 
Community Radio in Ireland. Further details below and in the attached 
Word file.



Rosemary Day (2008)
Community Radio in Ireland: Participation and Multi-flows of Communication.
Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press

This academic text investigates the fundamental tenets of community 
radio as a movement through the examination of the experience of six 
contemporary Irish community radio stations. The issues explored focus 
on the concept of community and how it is constructed through 
communication, on an interrogation of the role and meaning of 
participation by people in a mass medium and on the creation of the 
multi-flows of communication that are facilitated by this participation.
The research spans a ten year period covering licensed community 
broadcasting in Ireland from its infancy to adulthood but the lessons 
learned are generally applicable. The theoretical frameworks introduced 
will be of interest to academics in the fields of communication theory, 
radio research, new media research, community development and sociology.


Rosemary Day (Editor) (2007)
Bicycle Highway: Celebrating Community Radio in Ireland.
Dublin: The Liffey Press

This edited book provides an illustrated road map to the vibrant 
community radio movement in Ireland today.  Written by people from all 
over Ireland who are actively involved in making community radio happen, 
the authors include volunteers, managers and regulators from the 
community radio sector.
Organised in three sections, the book ranges from history, philosophy 
and reflections on best practice to the personal reminiscences of those 
who were actively involved in establishing radio stations in their own 
local communities. 
Section One charts the development of community radio in Ireland from 
its early days in the pirate era to the present.
Section Two looks at the aims, issues and main concerns of community 
radio in Ireland today. Each chapter explores an area of major 
importance for community radio activists through the example of 
individual stations. These issues include the empowerment of 
marginalised people, adult education, the participation of women and the 
Irish language.
Section Three is a delightful freewheel down memory lane, as the people 
who make community radio reminisce about the joys and difficulties of 
running a radio station where the people who listen can also have their say.


Salvatore Scifo
Editor, communitymedia.eu

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