Situated in a context of media reform, this qualitative research follows a performance approach to explore some characteristics of community radio stations in Ecuador and their possible contributions to the needs, struggles, resistances, and initiatives proposed by individuals, communities, and social movements. This work starts from the consideration that the main role of community media is not to “give voice to the voiceless”, as it has been previously argued, but to accompany the expressions of individuals and communities that have been historically deprived of their voices. Hence, it suggests that performance can offer a broader scope through which to understand this type of media by transcending the notion of voice and including in the scope of analysis both the verbal and non-verbal mechanisms that individuals and communities find and employ to express themselves.
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Thesis advisor: Luehrmann, Sonja
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