On the same wavelength? Hyperdiverse young people at a community radio station

Catherine Wilkinson

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    This paper uses a case study of a youth-led community radio station, KCC Live, based in Knowsley, neighbouring Liverpool, UK, to explore which styles of voice belong in the soundscape of KCC Live, and how young people in this ‘ordinary’ social space view the ‘other’. I extend the term hyperdiversity to a discussion of how youth voice on the airwaves can involve the prioritisation of certain local cultural representations, and the silencing of others. I am also interested in young people’s perception towards ‘out-groups’ (people from other towns within Liverpool, and Merseyside more broadly). This notion of out-groups considers identity as a system of categorisation, in which boundaries are used to distinguish localities, creating binary distinctions between ‘us’ and ‘others’. This paper finds that engaging hyperdiverse young people in meaningful interactions around a shared interest, in this case community radio, stimulates the development of relationships across categorical differences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-15
    JournalSocial & Cultural Geography
    Early online date28 Jul 2017
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Jul 2017


    • Community radio
    • hyperdiversity
    • Liverpool
    • sonic geographies
    • young people


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