Rumor of Globalization: Desecrating the Global from Vernacular Margins

Hardcover | December 11, 2012

byBhaskar Mukhopadhyay

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Drawing from recent theories of virtuality, performativity, and governmentality, and on post-colonial activist scholarship from the global south, this book presents a series of ethnographic and archival studies of what Mukhopadhyay terms 'vernacular globalisation' in India. The book's six provocative but substantive chapters of the book engage a wide range of events, objects, histories, narratives and episodes with the intent of interrogating what Frantz Fanon called the 'zone of occult instability where the people dwell.' these chapters recount tales of quotidiancommodity fetishism of rural cargo cults thriving on bazaar rumours about Chinese dumping in communist Calcutta, signpost desi cyberporn showcasing 'fat aunties' and Gandhi, dig deep into Indo-Persian travelogues about england and women's travel narratives to Japan embodying local traditions ofcosmopolitanism, interrogate folk scroll paintings about 9/11 in the art historical mode and seek to uncover vernacular civic traditions of urbanism through an analysis of grotty slum photographs. The Rumour of Globlization presents facades of vernacular india negotiating globalising forces through a distinctive style of ethnography (fabulation) which is sensitive to subaltern political aspirations while maintaining a broad commitment to Marxist theory, Subaltern Studies scholarship andpost-structuralist theory.

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Drawing from recent theories of virtuality, performativity, and governmentality, and on post-colonial activist scholarship from the global south, this book presents a series of ethnographic and archival studies of what Mukhopadhyay terms 'vernacular globalisation' in India. The book's six provocative but substantive chapters of the boo...

Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay (PhD, Calcutta) is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has taught at Calcutta University, Jadavpur University and VU Wellington and held post-doctoral fellowships in France, the US and Britain. He has co-edited (with John Marriott and Partha Chatterjee), a six-volume compendium of...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 5.71 × 8.58 × 0.91 inPublished:December 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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