Women's empowerment through strategic disobedience: A study of community radio in rural Bangladesh

Akhter, Rawshon and Md Syed, Md Azalanshah (2021) Women's empowerment through strategic disobedience: A study of community radio in rural Bangladesh. Asian Journal of Womens Studies, 27 (1). pp. 46-65. ISSN 1225-9276, DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/12259276.2021.1886032.

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This paper examines how rural women in Bangladesh use community radio programs designed to combat gender inequality for empowerment. In doing so, it considers community power dynamics in Teknaf, a remote rural area of Bangladesh; the content of broadcasts by the local radio station, Radio Naf; and its listeners' attitudes regarding the station. By using community radio programs as casual knowledge hubs, women adopt new and discursive methods of resistance by developing their persuasive and communication skills. They use such methods both to protect their rights and chip away at the inequalities they experience everyday. This kind of technique evokes effective and safe means of resistance-a form of strategic disobediences developed from satyagraha-the philosophy of non-violent resistance. The findings of this study are based on our ethno-methodological observations of community power dynamics and women's participation in community radio activities, along with in-depth interviews of six female listeners of radio programs. These unpack the broader influence of the radio programs that talk about women's empowerment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women's empowerment; Strategic disobedience; Community radio; Rural Bangladesh
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Media and Communication Studies
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2022 04:16
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 04:16
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/26876

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