Indian women in community radio: the case studies of Radio Namaskar in Orissa and Radio Dhadkan in Madhya Pradesh

Bandelli, Daniela (2012) Indian women in community radio: the case studies of Radio Namaskar in Orissa and Radio Dhadkan in Madhya Pradesh. Journal of South Asia Women Studies, 13 1: xx-xx.

Author Bandelli, Daniela
Title Indian women in community radio: the case studies of Radio Namaskar in Orissa and Radio Dhadkan in Madhya Pradesh
Journal name Journal of South Asia Women Studies
ISSN 1085-7478
Publication date 2012-12-18
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page xx
End page xx
Total pages xx
Place of publication Milano, Italy
Publisher Asiatica Association
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Community Radio stations are run by community-based organizations, their programs are usually in local language and produced by ordinary people according to territory specific information needs. In India, Community Radio is a flourishing sector and an opportunity that women, who are traditionally excluded from the public sphere, are entering. Little studies, specifically placed in India, that expose women’s perspectives on how the engagement in Community Radio activity changes their lives have been conducted so far. This paper aims to contribute to fill this gap by providing an understanding on four dimensions of empowerment that are initiated through participation in Community Radio and on how gender norms and roles interweave with such a process. This objective is pursued through two qualitative case studies: Radio Namaskar, in Orissa, and Radio Dhadkan, in Madhya Pradesh. The study shows that, although responsibility of domestic duties, restricted mobility and submission to in-laws hinder women’s participation in Community Radio, elements of empowerment, such as improved awareness, skills, access to information, consideration within family and community and motivation to engage in social change, occur. However, only long-term and fieldwork-rich studies would enable to establish whether this process expands women’s agency throughout their lives and to what extent it leads to visible change in the advancement of women within the larger society.
Keyword Community radio
Empowerment of rural communities
Women -- India
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
 
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