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The performance of youth voice on the airwaves

Wilkinson, C (2018) The performance of youth voice on the airwaves. Children's Geographies, 17 (3). pp. 334-346. ISSN 1473-3285

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This paper uses the case study of a youth-led community radio station, KCC Live, to argue that community radio is not a cure-all solution for disenfranchised and silenced young people. Drawing on 18 months of participant observation at KCC Live and data from in-depth interviews with volunteers, I argue that, owing to institutional constraints by station management; college management; and the regulatory body Ofcom, young people consider the airwaves to be a supervised, as opposed to emancipatory, arena. However, in attempting to combat the restricting nature of the airwaves, young people find new, performative ways to communicate. This paper provides empirical evidence which goes beyond previous simplistic conceptualisations of voice in youth media production and argues that romanticised notions of youth voice preclude performance and creativity. This paper offers an important contribution to children’s geographies in finding that pretend play, characterised by performance, can be considered a ‘life-span activity’.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Children's Geographies on 11/07/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14733285.2018.1497140.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1604 Human Geography, 1607 Social Work
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2019 11:05
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 08:31
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/14733285.2018.1497140
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11702
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