Music, Radio and the Public Sphere

The Aesthetics of Democracy

  • Charles Fairchild

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: The Unknown and the Unheard

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      Pages 1-14
  3. Enforcing and Evading Rationalization

  4. Making Radio, Making Meaning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
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      Pages 105-141
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      Pages 142-164
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      Pages 165-199
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      Pages 200-204
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 205-225

About this book


Radio, the most widely used medium in the world, is a dominant mediator of musical meaning. Through a combination of critical analysis, interdisciplinary theory and ethnographic writing about community radio, this book provides a novel theorization of democratic aesthetics, with important implications for the study of old and new media alike.


aesthetics democracy media New Media radio Sound

Authors and affiliations

  • Charles Fairchild
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

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