CfChapters: Community Radio in the 21st Century
I (Janey) am particularly keen to encourage academics from the newer areas of
community radio globally to make submissions, as well as those who
are established scholars in this area.
Community Radio in the 21st Century
Call For Chapters
Edited by Janey Gordon, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Peter Lang Books, Oxford, UK have indicated their interest in
publishing this collection.
In the first decade of the 21st century there has been a
significant global expansion and appreciation of community radio.
These small radio stations, that are not run by the state or
commercial ventures but give a voice to views and expressions other
than the mainstream and cultures other than the ânormâ, have
started to open up in many countries where the authorities had
hitherto proved reluctant to legitimise this âthird tierâ of
radio. For example in the United Kingdom legitimate, on air,
community radio only started in 2002, but by 2010 there were over two
Europe, Australasia and North and South America, have long had
community radio advocates, broadcasters and listeners. But since
2000, laws have been enacted to provide for community radio in many
more countries, such as the UK, India and Georgia; growth and
development has been encouraged in places such as Hungary and South
Africa and the importance and impact of long standing community radio
stations in countries such as Australia has been researched and
This book of edited chapters, âCommunity Radio in the 21st
Centuryâ, celebrates the most positive and successful outcomes of
community radio globally over the first years of the 21st century. It
also seeks to critically examine the issues that have proved
The book has an international perspective and is a collection of
chapters for students studying mainstream and alternative media and
also practitioners involved in the community media and radio sectors.
The editor is seeking abstracts from academics and practitioners
for chapters that examine the following themes,
Â· Recent developments and research in the community radio
sector globally. Case studies are welcomed from areas where community
radio is a new phenomenon.
Â· The histories behind community radio.
Â· Social impacts; for example, information, knowledge,
training, language, culture, music, social inclusion and democratic
Â· What constitutes a âcommunityâ?
Â· What happens when community radio goes bad? The effects of
Â· Managing a community radio station; listeners and volunteer
broadcasters, funding and commercialism, âethicalâ behaviour and
Â· New technologies and future developments; where does
community radio go from here? Other community media platforms;
community social networking; DAB; mobile technologies.
These areas do not constitute a comprehensive list and proposals on
related themes, particularly where case studies and actual examples
are cited, are welcomed.
Selection will lay emphasis on work that is accessible, clearly
written, and exemplifies the issues in the community radio sector.
Submission deadline for abstracts is: 1st October 2010, with the
final chapters of 5000-7000 words, being completed by 1st March 2011.
Abstracts of 200 words and biographical details of 50 words should
be submitted to
Dr Janey Gordon, University of Bedfordshire, UK, email -
janeygordon AT beds.ac.uk
Radio LaB Project Leader
University of Bedfordshire
janey.gordon AT beds.ac.uk