Latin American Studies ETDs

Publication Date

12-1-2014

Abstract

The intent of this thesis is to explore how community radio in Guatemala is used as a tool for community development. The concept of development I use is based off the idea that in order to build and maintain a sustainable quality of life there must be a solid community foundation for social capacity. Approaching radio as a conduit for change, I examine the various roles the radio takes on in order to enhance the overall quality of life by serving as (1) a channel for community knowledge; (2) a platform for indigenous rights; (3) a pillar for community solidarity; (4) an arena for empowerment of all community members, especially youth. Using an asset-based approach to development, I frame radio as a facilitator of collaborative civic engagement networks at the local, national, and international scale. It is this creative appropriation of technology by which Indigenous communities are operationalizing ideologies of decolonization.

Project Sponsors

UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, The Tinker Foundation, UNM Office of Graduate Studies

Language

English

Keywords

Community Radio, Community Development, Guatemala, Capacity Building, Decolonization, Indigenous Media, Indigenous Rights

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Latin American Studies

Second Degree Name

Community and Regional Planning

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Latin American Studies

First Advisor

Gonzales, Moises

First Committee Member (Chair)

Isaac, Claudia

Second Committee Member

Harjo, Laura

Third Committee Member

Debenport, Erin

Comments

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