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Raising the Civil Dead

Prisoners and Community Radio

Heather Anderson

What is prisoners’ radio? Who is involved in «creating» these types of programs and what influence do they have on discourses of law and order? Internationally, radio that operates for, or by, prisoners exists almost exclusively within the community radio context. Little has been documented about the genre so far.
Raising the Civil Dead seeks to address this lack of information. It examines prisoners’ radio as citizens’ media, connecting directly to notions of civic responsibility. It focuses on the ways in which people produce media and how these activities transform those individuals. The research is the result of four in-depth case studies conducted in two countries, complemented by an international inventory of prisoners’ radio programs and stations.

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Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 About the author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 What is Prisoners’ Radio? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Theoretical framework development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 A readers’ guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Section One Chapter One Theorising community radio – citizens’ media and beyond . . . . . . . 23 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Citizens’ media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Additional community radio frameworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Studies of community radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Access and participation – cornerstones of community radio . . 33 Representation of heterogenous communities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Alternative /supplement to the mainstream media . . . . . . . . . . 36 Demystifying the media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Chapter Two Participating in the public sphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Alternative public spheres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Public sphere processes and the media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Mass media and the imperfect public sphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Alternative media and the public sphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Community radio as public sphere activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 8Chapter Three Prisoners, citizenship and the public sphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Prisoners, voting and radical notions of citizenship . . . . . . . . . 58 Mainstream media coverage of prison issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Restrictions of communications from prisons . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Isolation and reduced communications within prison . . . . . . . 68 Prison media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Section Two Chapter Four A methodology for studying Prisoners’ Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Qualitative research into community media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 The Collective Case Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Research methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Chapter Five Prisoners’ Radio – an international inventory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Australia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Prisoners’ radio beyond Canada and Australia . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Internal radio stations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 And finally … . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Chapter Six Locked In, 4ZzZ 102.1 FM, Brisbane, Queensland . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 4ZzZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 A history of prisoners’ programming at 4ZzZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Case Study Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128...

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