Radio geopolitics: broadcasting, listening and the struggle for acoustic spaces

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This paper considers some of the interdisciplinary scholarship on radio and sound more generally for the purposes of considering how geopolitical scholarship might reconsider its predominantly visual focus. The first part considers radio and its relationship to studies of propaganda, international diplomacy and even everyday life. Thereafter, attention is given to new themes such as researching radio cultures, broadcasting infrastructure and technology and, finally, the affective impacts of radio on audiences. The conclusion of this paper urges further critical consideration of radio, sound and broadcasting/listener engagement with the well-established geographical literature on music.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-27
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number1
Early online date2 Sept 2008
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009

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