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date: 09 August 2020

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Morten Michelsen deals with a number of dualities—intimate/social, private/public, and introvert/extrovert—that are evident in the imaginative production and, especially, consumption of radio broadcasts. Michelsen explores the fields of the microsocial and the macrosocial in the context of radio, how radio broadcasts are used to negotiate social structures in spaces such as the home, and how they are used to form imagined communities between groups of people separated by geography (those communities formed primarily across space). To illustrate these two structures, and to exemplify the imaginaries of radio, Michelsen first explores 1950s Europe, as radio practice becomes engendered through advertising and new broadcast and reception technology, before analyzing two Danish radio broadcasts of the same era, one dealing with the decolonization of Africa and the other being a typical, light variety broadcast.

Keywords: radio, space, broadcasting, sociality, listening

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