Ms Janice Ross

PhD Researcher

Literature and Languages - Division Stirling

Ms Janice Ross

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Janice K. Ross M.A., M.Sc., M.Res graduated from Glasgow University in 1991, Janice then spent the next 20 years researching and working in education, publishing articles on institutional inequality and discriminatory practice. Working for several years in the Highlands and Islands, in 2009 she became actively involved in the Third Sector on the island of Barra via the radio station, Siar FM. Her radio show, Barra Island Discs, recorded the life stories of the islanders and by 2014 fifteen percent of the island’s indigenous adult population had shared their story with a global internet radio audience, attracting a fan base of the island’s diaspora in Canada. Using some of the interviews, in 2016 she published 'Voices Galore', the first book in Scotland on community radio. She is now evaluating her Third Sector experience in a PhD project which centres on how life stories can be applied methodologically to reflect the social processes which construct the concepts of community, identity, tradition and heritage. Her latest book, 'Not Miss Whitlawburn' (July 2021) is a community narrative based on an oral history of the life stories of those who grew up in the last council housing scheme to be built in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire. Erected before Thatcherism tore through the industrial heartland of Scotland, it presents how a community defines its cultural identity.

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Dr. Sabine Dedenbach-Salazar Saenz and Mr. Kevin MacNeil

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