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Title: The radio and the non-citizen public sphere Exploring the Shan migrant public sphere in the city of Chiang Mai, Thailand
Authors: Amporn Jirattikorn
Keywords: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2016
Abstract: The recent influx of Shan migrants from Myanmar into the city of Chiang Mai, Thailand, provides the conditions for migrant public spheres to emerge. This paper explores aspects of mass-mediated forms of Shan migrant public spheres by focusing on two Shan-language radio stations, one state-run and the other a community station. While much of the literature on public spheres emphasizes the role of the media in allowing citizens to express and publish opinions, it largely excludes those who are marginal to the mainstream public sphere, such as transnational migrant populations. This paper therefore investigates the operations of two Shan-language radio programmes, the community they serve and the effects they have on that community. The paper argues for a need to re-conceptualize the notion of 'the public' as communities of interest, and to expand the notion of the public sphere to include non-citizen space.
ISSN: 0967828X
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