Channeling Cultures: Television Studies from India

Hardcover | May 11, 2014

EditorBiswarup Sen, Abhijit Roy

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Television is probably the most important mass medium in India today. In this pioneering volume of television studies reputed scholars from across the globe address a series of questions that help us gain a deeper understanding of its nature and function within contemporary Indian society:What makes television occupy a pivotal place in India's public and private cultures? How has television changed from the early days of Doordarshan to the current age of set top boxes and hundreds of channels? What makes news, soap opera and Reality TV an integral part of our daily lives? Why is ourpopular culture so orchestrated by the 4 Cs (cricket, crime, cinema and celebrity)? Why is television indispensible at times of crises like a "terrorist" attack? How different is regional television from its national and global counterparts? By analyzing different aspects of content, policy, and broadcasting philosophy, the volume enables the reader to arrive at a deeper understanding of the role television plays in representing and constructing Indian modernity.

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Television is probably the most important mass medium in India today. In this pioneering volume of television studies reputed scholars from across the globe address a series of questions that help us gain a deeper understanding of its nature and function within contemporary Indian society:What makes television occupy a pivotal place in...

Biswarup Sen is Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon, USA. Abhijit Roy is Associate Professor in the Department of Film Studies at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:282 pages, 8.75 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:May 11, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198092059

ISBN - 13:9780198092056

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Peter Ronald deSouza: ForewordAcknowledgementsBiswarup Sen and Abhijit Roy: Introduction1. Abhijit Roy: TV after Television Studies: Recasting Questions of Audiovisual Form2. Purnima Mankekar: Televisual Temporalities and the Affective Organization of Everyday Life3. Sanjay Asthana: Television, Narrative Identity and Social Imaginaries: A Hermeneutic Approach4. Dipankar Sinha: From Clients to Consumers: The Missing Citizens among the Indian Television Audience5. Shanti Kumar: Spaces of Television: Rethinking the Public/Private Divide in Postcolonial India6. Daya Kishan Thussu: Television News and an Indian Infotainment Sphere7. Nalin Mehta: Live News Was Too Dangerous: The Early History of Satellite TV in India8. John Hutnyk: NDTV 24X7 Remix: Mohammad Afzal Guru Frame by Frame9. Biswarup Sen: Big Brother, Bigg Boss: Reality Television as Global Form10. Santanu Chakrabarti: The Saffron Hues of Gender and Agency on Indian Television11. Nilanjana Gupta: Sange Thakun: Bangla News Channels and Media-citizenry12. Uma Vangal: Tears, Talk and Play: A Window to Gender and Sexuality on Tamil TVArvind Rajagopal: AfterwordAbout the Editors and ContributorsIndex