Constructing Civil Society, Supporting Local Development A Case Study of Community Radio in Postwar EI Salvador

Diana E. Agosta


The rural community radios created in EI Salvador at the end of the long civil war in the early 1990s have facilitated the growth of what is defined locally as civil society, influenced by a range of international discourses. This paper explores the particular meanings that "civil society" took on in these regions. It focuses on local organizations that represented many sectors of the public which had been invisible or marginalized from the public sphere in the past--campesinos, women, rural small business.

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