April 2007

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Women and Radio: Airing Differences 

Author(s): Anne (INT) Carfe, Caroline Mitchell, Tacchi
Published by: Routledge Pop Arts / Pop Culture
ISBN: 0415220718
Pages: 280

The book is primarily divided into three parts and each has an introduction. The fourth section comprises exclusively of contacts and resources. Part I is titled 'Gendered Radio- Hidden Histories and the Development of Programming by and for Women'. 'Radio Texts and Audiences and the Rise of Feminist Road' and 'Women Working in Radio' are the second and third parts respectively.

The book examines the relationship between radio audiences, technologies, and programming and studies the unequivocal frames in which women audience are conventionally being slotted and the divide being experienced by them in the information industry.The contributors examine the relationship between women and music and discuss 'housewife radio', DJ chatter, the feminist news agenda, and radio as a subversive tool for empowering women. It is understood that radio plays a crucial role in the day-to-day lives of house wives, relieving their feeling of isolation in rural communities and also the access to information around their surroundings.

The volume claims to be the first book of its kind to collate the writings and research work centered on women and radio. Through a range of personal, historical and theoretical perspectives, it consolidates the position of women in the medium of radio research agenda, where once they were missing, unseen or held an insignificant position. This opening maps out core themes in the emerging field of women and radio studies.

More Than a Music Box: Radio Cultures and Communities in a Multi Media World 

Author: Andrew Crisell
Published by: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1571814736
Pages: 315

The volume's stated organising principle is to contest the dominant association of radio with music by focusing on 'the spoken word'. Most essays in the collection try to contest the dominant modes of content and look at how radio as a platform has supported alternative content and thus supported dissenting views and knowledge.

A few essays attempt to provide a broad historical and institutional overview of indigenous media history and institutions generally, to the detriment of analysis of how indigenous identity and radio intersect specifically. This collection of essays shows how in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and the South Pacific, radio continues to provide distinctive forms of content for the individual listener, yet also enables ethnic and cultural groups to maintain their sense of identity. Ranging from radio among the primordial communities to digital broadcasting and the Internet, these essays suggest that the benefits and gratifications which radio confers remain unique and irreplaceable in this multimedia age.

Innovation: applying knowledge in development 

Calestous Juma, Lee Yee-Cheong
Published by: James & James/Earthscan
ISBN: 1844072185
Pages: 194

This book is one among the fourteen publications comprising the official UN strategy on reducing extreme poverty and achieving the fundamental worldwide human development goals for the coming decade. Some of the important contents covered, especially on the ICT themes are – 'building the capacity to provide advice', 'open access to scientific and technical information', 'bio-technology', and 'nano-technology'.

The report on the Millennium Project Task Force makes a powerful case for development of policies to focus on key sources of economic growth, particularly in the use of scientific and technological knowledge and related institutional adjustments. In response to the arising challenges in areas such as agriculture, education, gender inequity, health, water, sanitation, environment and participation in the global economy, the book stresses on increasing the use of scientific and technical knowledge. Thus technological innovations and, the associated instituional adjustments underpin long term growth and focus of any strategy to strengthen the private sector. It sketches crucial areas for policy action, focusing on platform or generic technologies; describing infrastructure services as foundations for technology; placing universities at the center of local development, and improving science education; spurring entrepreneurial activities; improving the policy environment and focusing on areas of  under-funded research for development. The volume strongly advocates applying intensive knowledge and innovation for the purposes of development.  

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