ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Bonita Aleaz

Popular Research Methodology Literature in Political Science

A survey of library catalogues of some of the leading universities worldwide offering courses in political science reveals that new publications on research methodology used in the discipline and published during the last 20 years almost equal, if not surpass, other areas of major concern in the discipline. It appears that the internal and external turmoil experienced by states and the waxing and waning of ideologies have influenced the disciplinary concerns of researchers. Has this influenced a widening or closeting of the horizons of knowledge creation and its correlate, the tools of enquiry? What kinds of texts are popularly used? How useful are they for the developing world?

Community Radio and Empowerment

Community radio is supposed to empower the marginalised and give them a voice. Given the lack of objective outputs by which to measure the outcome, it is necessary to look at the subjective aspects of its impact. A study of short-lived community radio project in West Bengal illustrates how it became so central to the self-representation of the people and how it managed to overcome the divide between the programme and the listener.