The becoming of radio bodies

Anne Leonora Blaakilde*

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In this article, listening to the radio is investigated as an embodied articulation from a life historical perspective. How did and does radio configure with embodied practices from the beginning of radio broadcasting until today? The study is based on qualitative life historical interviews with 14 Danish radio listeners born between 1928 and 1948. Drawing on socio-material theory, the relationship between listening bodies and the materiality of radio apparatuses is analysed as a material-cultural intra-action from a temporal perspective. Interpretations of the personal narratives of elderly Danes who have grown up with and experienced radio all their lives suggest that living with radio articulates a becoming of a modernized ‘radio body’. This article forms part of ‘Media and the Ageing Body’ special issue.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)290-304
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Becoming with
  • embodiment
  • listening
  • radio
  • radio body
  • socio-material analysis

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