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(Be)Longing Media: Minority Radio between Cultural Retention and Renewal
Unformatted Document Text:  6 minorities on the benefits of a multicultural society while preserving the cultural identity of foreigners. In contrast with this top-down approach to minority broadcasting, Beur FM, founded and run by North Africans themselves, started as a grassroots reaction to years of marginalization, racism, and misrepresentation in French mainstream media. Its mission is rather particularistic, but one of its goals is to facilitate the integration of its listeners into French society and help them reconcile the cultural contradictions they experience in that society. Diasporic or Ethnic Media: What’s in a Name? Diasporic media have received little attention in the field of media studies. Instead, studies of race and representation in mainstream media fill up the bulk of research in this area. I do not wish to downplay the importance of such research, but I would like to underscore an equally, if not more significant domain which is in need of urgent attention. Media that serve a particularistic function and their role in both integration and the maintenance of difference. Are these type of media necessarily secessive, as they have been dissed in the past by politicians and researchers alike? Are they by definition instruments of cultural survival, and if so, what kind of culture are they seeking to preserve? How do they define diaspora without reifying the notion of cultural purity? Do they provide a real public sphere for minorities? How is the public radio different from the private radio in representing minorities? How do they legitimize their position as representatives of that community? How do they negotiate the conflict between insertion, separatism and hybridity? Who listens to these radio stations and what

Authors: Echchaibi, Nabil.
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minorities on the benefits of a multicultural society while preserving the cultural identity
of foreigners. In contrast with this top-down approach to minority broadcasting, Beur
FM, founded and run by North Africans themselves, started as a grassroots reaction to
years of marginalization, racism, and misrepresentation in French mainstream media. Its
mission is rather particularistic, but one of its goals is to facilitate the integration of its
listeners into French society and help them reconcile the cultural contradictions they
experience in that society.
Diasporic or Ethnic Media: What’s in a Name?
Diasporic media have received little attention in the field of media studies.
Instead, studies of race and representation in mainstream media fill up the bulk of
research in this area. I do not wish to downplay the importance of such research, but I
would like to underscore an equally, if not more significant domain which is in need of
urgent attention. Media that serve a particularistic function and their role in both
integration and the maintenance of difference. Are these type of media necessarily
secessive, as they have been dissed in the past by politicians and researchers alike? Are
they by definition instruments of cultural survival, and if so, what kind of culture are they
seeking to preserve? How do they define diaspora without reifying the notion of cultural
purity? Do they provide a real public sphere for minorities? How is the public radio
different from the private radio in representing minorities? How do they legitimize their
position as representatives of that community? How do they negotiate the conflict
between insertion, separatism and hybridity? Who listens to these radio stations and what


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