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The role of community language radio for understanding creativity and wellbeing in migrant communities in Australia

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posted on 04.02.2021, 21:02 by AE Krause, A Lloyd-Smith, John Hajek
© 2020, International Journal of Wellbeing Charitable Trust. All rights reserved. Community radio—and community language radio specifically—occupies an important place in Australia’s multicultural landscape. Members of many language communities arriving in Australia have been denied important opportunities in their home countries including outlets for self-representation and public creativity in their languages. Within Australia, radio provides an accessible means of creative expression, provides vital social connection for community members of all ages and generations, and supports social cohesion on a wider scale. This article explores how community language radio in Australia can play a critical role in supporting the wellbeing of both individuals and communities by providing an accessible and adaptable outlet for creative expression. This case study examines the practices of presenters from Australia’s largest community language radio station, 3ZZZ, which reports broadcasting in around 70 languages weekly. A sample of 16 presenters from the station completed an online, mixed-methods survey. The results afford discussion of the format and composition of community language programs as a form of cultural and language maintenance, the perceived role of creativity in program design and delivery, the perceived impact of the programs for the community, and the perceived role of the program for individual and community wellbeing. The findings are considered with respect to pertinent theoretical frameworks, exploring the implications concerning creativity, community, and wellbeing. The multifaceted results we present highlight how creative community language radio participation is able to contribute positively to wellbeing in the Australian migrant context.

Funding

This research was conducted at The University of Melbourne with the support of a Creativity and Wellbeing Research Initiative (CAWRI) Seed Funding 2019 grant and a Faculty of Arts’ 2019 Inter-Faculty Incubator Research Project grant.

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  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

16/12/2020

Journal

International Journal of Wellbeing

Volume

10

Issue

5

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17p. (p. 83-99)

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International Journal of Wellbeing

ISSN

1179-8602

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