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Making waves behind bars

The Prison Radio Association

Published

24 Oct 2018

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1529203363

Dimensions

198 x 129 mm

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Bristol University Press
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Published

24 Oct 2018

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1529203455

Dimensions

198 x 129 mm

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Bristol University Press
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Published

24 Oct 2018

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1529203431

Dimensions

198 x 129 mm

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Bristol University Press
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    Radio produced and broadcast behind prison walls is redefining traditional meanings of ‘public service broadcasting’ and disrupting traditional power structures within the prison system.

    Focusing on one of the most interesting developments in UK prisons over the past 10 years, this book examines the early history of the Prison Radio Association and the formation of the first national radio station for prisoners.

    Highlighting the enduring importance of social values in broadcasting this book shows how radio can be used as a powerful force for social change. It will be of interest to those involved in media, criminal justice and social activism.

    Charlotte Bedford is an alternative media researcher and practitioner with over 25 years’ experience of developing media projects alongside socially excluded communities. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide specialising in radio and social change.

    Introduction

    Part I: A Framework For Understanding Prison Radio

    'The Power of Radio': Radio and Social Change

    ‘Making Waves Behind Bars’: The Prison Context

    ‘Making a Difference’: Social Action and Enterprise

    Part II: Prison Radio Association Case Studies

    Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting: the PRA and the BBC

    Transformative Prison Education: The Prison Radio Training Project

    Changing the Prison Narrative: The PRA and News Media

    Restorative Justice in Action: The Face to Face Documentary

    Part III: Conclusions

    Ten Years On: Global Themes in Prison Radio Development

    "Bedford not only documents the history of National Prison Radio for the first time, but also demonstrates the power of radio to achieve genuine transformative learning and personal development." Dr Heather Anderson, University of South Australia

    "Prison radio tells hidden stories, using them to help audiences find solutions for often complex and difficult situations. Making Waves Behind Bars is the key text about this fascinating medium's development." Andrew Wilkie, Prison Radio Association