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Media Poetics and Cattle Ranching: Making Community Radio Relevant to Language and Power

Author: 
Clemencia Rodriguez
Publication Date
February 1, 2009
Affiliation: 

Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma

This article explores the ways in which community radio is being used to challenge cultural assumptions in Colombia's "cowboy country".

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Posting to the OURMEDIA listserv, March 4 2009; and Upstream Journal Jan/Feb 2009, Vol. 22 No. 3.

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