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Radio, children and young people

Wilkinson, C (2018) Radio, children and young people. Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies.

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Children and young people are now living in an era where their daily routines are saturated with different media platforms, competing for their attention. Once such platform is radio. While other forms of media, such as social media and television, are associated with negative portrayals of young people in some early-21st-century popular and academic debate, radio has often been met with positive appraisals. For instance, radio has been heralded for its ability to empower young people and to position them within dominant societal discourses, from which they were previously excluded. Writings on radio are a multidisciplinary effort, drawing on fields such as communication and media studies, human geography, sociology, journalism, cultural studies, and musicology. There are many different “types” of radio stations on which scholarship exists, including but not limited to commercial, community, college, university, and net only. Most research into radio (particularly community radio) has used case studies from developing nations. Specific policy and political regulatory structures exist within different countries, and so research is not easily transferable. This article will introduce the reader to dominant themes and areas of interest from international and interdisciplinary scholarship regarding children and young people’s relationships with radio—both as listeners and as volunteers/staff—as explored in academic debate. This article begins by detailing texts that provide useful overviews of the topic of children, young people, and radio. It then lists and discusses useful textbooks and journals before moving on to discuss textbooks and journal articles thematically, beginning with empowerment and voice, then belonging, community, and social inclusion, and a final thematic section on learning, knowledge, and skills. Texts discussing online radio and the history of radio as it intersects with young people are also discussed. The article concludes by detailing useful resources for making radio, either by or for children and young people.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2021 11:35
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2022 16:30
DOI or ID number: 10.1093/OBO/9780199791231-0208
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12376
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