The New India: Citizenship, Subjectivity, and Economic Liberalization

Hardcover | January 15, 2011

byKanishka Chowdhury

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The New India looks critically at various constructions of the Indian citizen from 1991 to 2007, the period when economic liberalization became established government policy. Liberalization generated complex social and economic tensions, and Chowdhury reveals how these tensions shaped images of the citizen in cultural narratives of the time--in films, literary texts, corporate advertisements, political documents, and citizens' responses to the privatization of public space. Examining differing images of citizenship and its rules and rituals in these narratives, Chowdhury sheds light on the complex interactions between culture and political economy in the New India.

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The New India looks critically at various constructions of the Indian citizen from 1991 to 2007, the period when economic liberalization became established government policy. Liberalization generated complex social and economic tensions, and Chowdhury reveals how these tensions shaped images of the citizen in cultural narratives of the...

Kanishka Chowdhury is Associate Professor of English and Director of a program in American Culture and Difference at the University of St. Thomas, where he teaches courses in cultural theory, postcolonial literature and theory, and globalization and culture. He has written on these topics in journals such as College Literature, Cultur...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:258 pages, 8.61 × 5.68 × 0.74 inPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230109519

ISBN - 13:9780230109513

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Going Global: Texts and Contexts in the New India * Polemics and Promises: Constructing the Consumer Citizen * The Prompter’s Whisper: The National Imaginary and the Cosmopolitan Subject in Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land and A Hungry Tide * Transnational Transgressions: Reading the New Indian Woman in Mira Nair's Kama Sutra, Deepa Mehta's Fire, and Gurinder Chadha’s Bend it Like Beckham * “Who Will Build Our Taj Mahal?” Urban Displacement, Spatial Politics, and the Resistant Subject

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“For those interested in how citizenship and national belonging are being reimagined under neoliberal globalization, Kanishka Chowdhury provides an enormously detailed account of the emerging Indian dispensation. This is an insightful study from a meticulous reader of the cultural landscape.”--Arvind Rajagopal, Professor of Media Studies, New York University and author of Politics After Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India “The New India deals with a timely subject--the emergence of new forms of subjectivity and citizenship in the context of India's economic policy of liberalization. The book is impressive in the wide ranging issues and questions Chowdhury links and analyzes. The author makes an important contribution to the scholarship on postcolonial studies and contemporary cultural politics in India.”--Leela Fernandes, Professor of Women's Studies and Political Science, University of Michigan and author of India’s New Middle Class"This is a timely and engaging study which provides an historicized account of the relationship between economic 'globalization', attempts to reimagine a New Indian subject and narratives of change, both literary and social.  Chowdhury offers a thoughtful contribution to studies of the colonial and postcolonial present which must necessarily now involve questions of global capitalism and its modes of dispossession and disenfranchisement."--Priyamvada Gopal, University Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial and Related Literatures at Cambridge University and author of The Indian Novel in English: Nation, History and Narration