The Indian Public Sphere: Readings in Media History

Hardcover | October 1, 2009

EditorArvind Rajagopal

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The reader is part of the prestigious Themes in Politics series, which presents essays on important issues in the study of political science and Indian politics. It examines the role of the media in India's history and development, bringing together a collection of essays on its interplay withpolitics, society and culture. The book surveys the range of communication media in India and shows how their regulation and use has developed from the pre-independence period to the end of the twentieth century. This innovative and critical selection of essays has been organized thematically; thediscussion moves from the public sphere in colonial times to the development era, the rise of the vernacular media, the impact of television and the emergence of newer forms of media like the Internet in the 1990s. The readings cover a range of disciplines, from history to political science andanthropology, and have been written by experts in the field. The reader will be of interest to students and scholars of Indian politics and governance, media and culture studies, sociology as well as the informed lay reader.

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The reader is part of the prestigious Themes in Politics series, which presents essays on important issues in the study of political science and Indian politics. It examines the role of the media in India's history and development, bringing together a collection of essays on its interplay withpolitics, society and culture. The book sur...

Arvind Rajagopal is Associate Professor in the Departments of Media, Culture and Communication, Sociology, and Social and Cultural Analysis at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsPublisher's AcknowledgementsList of FiguresPrefaceArvind Rajagopal: Introduction: The Public Sphere in India: Structure and TransformationSection I: Formation of a Colonial Public Sphere1. Ranajit Guha: Transmission2. Christopher Bayly: The Indian Ecumene: An Indigenous Public Sphere3. Christopher Pinney: The Politics of Popular Images: From Cow Protection to M.K. Gandhi, 1890-19504. Rajeev Dhavan: Obtaining Moral Consensus in a Law and Order SocietySection II: The National Popular5. Charu Gupta: Redefining Obscenity and Aesthetics in Print6. Francesca Orsini: The Hindi Political Sphere7. Purnima Mankekar: "Woman-Oriented" Narratives and the New Indian Woman8. Aniket Jaaware: Who is it that is Singing? Shot-Music-SpeechSection III: National Developmentalism and the Tensions of a Mediatic Infrastructure9. Robin Jeffrey: The Mahatma Didn't Like the Movies and Why it Matters: Indian Broadcasting Policy, 1920s-1990s10. Peter Friedlander, Robin Jeffrey and Sanjay Seth: Subliminal Charge: How Hindi-Language Newspaper Expansion Affects India11. Arvind Rajagopal: A Split Public in the Making and the Unmaking of the Ramjanmabhumi Movement12. G. Krishna Reddy: Forging Public Opinion: The Press, Television and Electoral Campaigns in Andhra PradeshSection IV: Emergent Orders: Localization, Consumerism, Digital Culture13. William Mazzarella: Close Distance-Constructing the Indian Consumer II14. Sevanti Ninan: Local News Gatherers15. Mary John: Globalisation, Sexuality and the Visual Fields: Issues and Non-issues for Cultural Critique16. K. Gopinath: Internet in India17. D. Wood: Call Centre ConundrumAppendix: Media and Literary GraphsSelect BibliographyNote on Contributors