Popular Culture in a Globalised India


Author: K. Moti Gokulsing,Wimal Dissanayake
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 020388406X
Category: Social Science
Page: 312
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As India celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of its independence, much praise was lavished on its emergence as a major player on the global stage. Its economic transformation and geopolitical significance as a nuclear power are matched by its globally resonant cultural resources. This book explores India’s rich popular culture. Chapters provide illuminating insights into various aspects of the social, cultural, economic and political realities of contemporary globalised India. Structured thematically and drawing on a broad range of academic disciplines, the book deals with critical issues including: - Film, television and TV soaps - Folk theatre, Mahabharata-Ramayana ,myths, performance, ideology and religious nationalism - Music, dance and fashion - Comics, cartoons, photographs, posters and advertising - Cyberculture and the software industry - Indian feminisms - Sports and tourism - Food culture Offering comprehensive coverage of the emerging discipline of popular culture in India, this book is essential reading for courses on Indian popular culture and a useful resource for more general courses in the field of cultural studies, media studies, history, literary studies and communication studies.

Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas


Author: K. Moti Gokulsing,Wimal Dissanayake
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136772847
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 473
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India is the largest film producing country in the world and its output has a global reach. After years of marginalisation by academics in the Western world, Indian cinemas have moved from the periphery to the centre of the world cinema in a comparatively short space of time. Bringing together contributions from leading scholars in the field, this Handbook looks at the complex reasons for this remarkable journey. Combining a historical and thematic approach, the Handbook discusses how Indian cinemas need to be understood in their historical unfolding as well as their complex relationships to social, economic, cultural, political, ideological, aesthetic, technical and institutional discourses. The thematic section provides an up-to-date critical narrative on diverse topics such as audience, censorship, film distribution, film industry, diaspora, sexuality, film music and nationalism. The Handbook provides a comprehensive and cutting edge survey of Indian cinemas, discussing Popular, Parallel/New Wave and Regional cinemas as well as the spectacular rise of Bollywood. It is an invaluable resource for students and academics of South Asian Studies, Film Studies and Cultural Studies.

Bollywood Sounds

The Cosmopolitan Mediations of Hindi Film Song
Author: Jayson Beaster-Jones
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199993483
Category: Music
Page: 176
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Bollywood Sounds focuses on the songs of Indian films in their historical, social, commercial, and cinematic contexts. Author Jayson Beaster-Jones takes readers through the highly collaborative compositional process, highlighting the contributions of film directors, music directors (composers), lyricists, musicians, and singers in song production. Through close musical and multimedia analysis of more than twenty landmark compositions, Bollywood Sounds illustrates how the producers of Indian film songs have long mediated a variety of musical styles, instruments, and performance practices to create a uniquely cosmopolitan music genre. As an exploration of the music of seventy years of Hindi films, Bollywood Sounds provides long-term historical insights into film songs and their musical and cinematic conventions in ways that will appeal both to scholars and to newcomers to Indian cinema.

Bollywood and Globalization

Indian Popular Cinema, Nation, and Diaspora
Author: Rini Bhattacharya Mehta,Rajeshwari V. Pandharipande,Rajeshwari Pandharipande
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 0857287826
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 197
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This book is a collection of incisive articles on the interactions between Indian Popular Cinema and the political and cultural ideologies of a new post-Global India.

Mediating Cultural Diversity in a Globalised Public Space


Author: I. Rigoni,E. Saitta
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137283408
Category: Social Science
Page: 187
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Through enhancing reflection on the treatment of cultural diversity in contemporary Western societies, this collection aims to move the debate beyond the opposition between ethnicity and citizenship and demonstrate ways to achieve equality in multicultural and globalised societies.

Dictionary of Globalization


Author: Andrew Jones
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 0745634400
Category: Political Science
Page: 258
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Provides an overview of the contemporary globalization debate, bringing together the disparate elements of an ever-growing literature. This dictionary comprises an A-Z of entries covering various aspects of the globalization debate from 9/11 to Zapatistas, and more. It is aimed at students, researchers, policy-makers and others.

Soft-soaping India

The World of Indian Televised Soap Operas
Author: K. Moti Gokulsing
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
ISBN: 9781858563213
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 133
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At least one third of India's billion inhabitants regularly watch Indian soap operas, which have displaced popular cinema as the prime entertainment genre. And in the Indian diaspora on every Continent, Indian soap operas are a feature of life -- a source of pleasure, discussion and shared identity. This book characterizes the forms of these soap operas and relates how they have evolved. It explores how they have contributed to shaping the identity of modern India. Initially developed by the national telecast service, Doordoshan, specifically to convey messages about women's role, contraception and other family issues. Doordoshan also engaged viewers with serializations of the two great epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabarata. But with the onset of cable TV, soap operas became primarily entertainment driven and progressively more sensational. The book traces the impact of these different strands of soap operas and considers their impact on India's dominant concerns: the search for national unity, identity, the changing role of women, and the ideology of consumerism. "Soft Soaping India" is the first book to study Indian televised soap operas in all its forms and will be essential reading for students of the media and sociologists interested in India and its diaspora. It will also be relevant to Women's Studies.

Gender, Nation and Popular Film in India

Globalizing Muscular Nationalism
Author: Sikata Banerjee
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317226127
Category: Social Science
Page: 152
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Interpretations of manhood have unfolded in India within a middle class cultural milieu shaped by an assertive self-confidence fuelled by liberalisation, a process by which India has been integrated into the global political economy and the prominence of Hindutva or Hindu nationalist politics. This book unpacks a particular gendered vision of nation in the modern Indian context by drawing on popular films. This muscular nationalism is an intersection of a specific vision of masculinity with the political doctrine of nationalism. The idea of nation is animated by an idea of manhood associated with martial prowess, muscular strength and toughness, but coupled with the image and construct of virtuous woman – a gendered binary of martial man and chaste woman. The author skilfully and convincingly draws together issues of political economy, including globalization and neoliberalism with majoritarian politics and popular culture, thus showing how disparate strands intersect and build on each other. Using interpretive methodologies and popular media, the book presents new interpretations of Bollywood films through the lenses of gender, masculinity and nationalism. It will be of interest to scholars of South Asian politics and culture, in particular Indian nationalism, popular culture, media and gender studies.

James Bond and Popular Culture

Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy
Author: Michele Brittany
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476618216
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 288
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The most recognizable fictional spy and one of the longest running film franchises, James Bond has inspired a host of other pop culture contributions, including Doctor Who (the Jon Pertwee era), the animated television comedy series Archer, Matt Kindt’s comic book series Mind MGMT, Japan’s Nakano Spy School Films, the 1960s Italian Eurospy genre, and the recent 007 Legends video game. This collection of new essays analyzes Bond’s phenomenal literary and filmic influence over the past 50-plus years. The 14 essays are categorized into five parts: film, television, literature, lifestyle (emphasis on fashion and home décor), and the Bond persona reinterpreted.

McQuail's Reader in Mass Communication Theory


Author: Denis McQuail
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761972433
Category: Social Science
Page: 427
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McQuail's Reader in Mass Communication Theory provides an invaluable resource of key statements drawn from communication studies, media sociology, and cultural studies, and includes an overview essay and section introductions which place the readings in their theoretical and methodological context. Designed as a companion to McQuail's Mass Communication Theory, it can also function independently of that text. provides an invaluable resource of key statements drawn from communication studies, media sociology, and cultural studies, and includes an overview essay and section introductions which place the readings in their theoretical and methodological context. Designed as a companion to , it can also function independently of that text.

Image journeys

audio-visual media and cultural change in India
Author: Christiane Brosius,Melissa Butcher
Publisher: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd
ISBN: 9780761993254
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 338
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This volume examines the influence of audio-visual media in cultural change in India. The essays focus on: the dynamics of network change; the relationships between image and viewer; and the journey of images between points of reading in contemporary India that are mediated through television, cinema, video and the internet.

Gods in the Bazaar

The Economies of Indian Calendar Art
Author: Kajri Jain
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822339267
Category: Art
Page: 434
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DIVA theoretically informed cultural study of the design, production, and circulation of Indian calendar art./div

Fiction, Film, and Indian Popular Cinema

Salman Rushdie’s Novels and the Cinematic Imagination
Author: Florian Stadtler
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135964300
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 214
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This book analyses the novels of Salman Rushdie and their stylistic conventions in the context of Indian popular cinema and its role in the elaboration of the author’s arguments about post-independence postcolonial India. Focusing on different genres of Indian popular cinema, such as the ‘Social’, ‘Mythological’ and ‘Historical’, Stadtler examines how Rushdie’s writing foregrounds the epic, the mythic, the tragic and the comic, linking them in storylines narrated in cinematic parameters. The book shows that Indian popular cinema’s syncretism becomes an aesthetic marker in Rushdie’s fiction that allows him to elaborate on the multiplicity of Indian identity, both on the subcontinent and abroad, and illustrates how Rushdie uses Indian popular cinema in his narratives to express an aesthetics of hybridity and a particular conceptualization of culture with which ‘India’ has become identified in a global context. Also highlighted are Rushdie’s uses of cinema to inflect his reading of India as a pluralist nation and of the hybrid space occupied by the Indian diaspora across the world. The book connects Rushdie’s storylines with modes of cinematic representation to explore questions about the role, place and space of the individual in relation to a fast-changing social, economic and political space in India and the wider world.

Bollyworld

Popular Indian Cinema Through A Transnational Lens
Author: Dr Raminder Kaur,Ajay J Sinha
Publisher: SAGE Publications India
ISBN: 8132103440
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 343
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This volume brings together a group of international scholars to analyze the globalized networks of Indian cinema. It provides a critique of a common scholarly tendency in the field of popular cinema of defining Indian films in terms of their modernity and desire for nationhood. Bollyworld argues that Indian cinema cannot be understood in terms of this national paradigm, and must be more properly described as a field of visual and cultural production that interlinks sites as diverse as the cosmopolitan city of Bombay, the provincial region of Maharashtra, and countries such as Nigeria, Germany, South Africa and the United Kingdom. The twelve essays track the intra-national and trans-national movements of Bollywood cinema. Divided into three sections, the first discusses the technology and aesthetics of India's commercial cinema as it developed in the period that spans the silents from 1913 to the advent of the talkies in 1931. The second section studies these films as 'local', 'intertextual' manifestations of globalization and highlights the changes in post-liberalization cinema. Against the backdrop of economic liberalization, the institutionalization of multiculturalism and a strong voice of migrant Indian populations, the third section focuses on the overseas reception of Indian films.

Hindi Cinema

Repeating the Subject
Author: Nandini Bhattacharya
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136189874
Category: Social Science
Page: 232
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Hindi Cinema is full of instances of repetition of themes, narratives, plots and characters. By looking at 60 years of Hindi cinema, this book focuses on the phenomenon as a crucial thematic and formal code that is problematic when representing the national and cinematic subject. It reflects on the cinema as motivated by an ongoing crisis of self-formation in modern India. The book looks at how cinema presents liminal and counter-modern identities emerging within repeated modern attempts to re-enact traumatic national events so as to redeem the past and restore a normative structure to happenings. Establishing structure and event as paradigmatic poles of a historical and anthropological spectrum for the individual in society, the book goes on to discuss cinematic portrayals of violence, gender embodiment, religion, economic transformations and new globalised Indianness as events and sites of liminality disrupting structural aspirations. After revealing the impossibility of accurate representation of incommensurable and liminal subjects within the historiography of the nation-state, the book highlights how Hindi cinema as an ongoing engagement with the nation-state as a site of eventfulness draws attention to the problematic nature of the thematic of nation. It is a useful study for academics of Film Studies and South Asian Culture.

The Indian Media Business


Author: Vanita Kohli
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761934691
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 264
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The revised edition of this bestselling book presents a comprehensive and detailed perspective on the current state of the Indian media industry. With revised and updated statistics, Vanita Kohli presents a strong and well-researched guidebook to the difficult and confusing terrain of the Indian media business. Combining data with rigorous analysis, this new edition covers several new topics and presents a sound foundation to understanding the fundamental principles and concepts needed to understand media industries and issues in the converging media environment.

The Globalization Reader


Author: Frank J. Lechner,John Boli
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118737024
Category: Political Science
Page: 624
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Completely revised and updated, the fifth edition of thiswell-regarded textbook charts key topics and recent research inglobalization along with the latest complexities and controversiesin the field. Includes a new section on globalization and identity and newreadings on global inequality, mental illness, structural violence,microfinance, blood diamonds, world citizenship, the global justicemovement, and sumo wrestling Contains essential, thought-provoking readings by prominentscholars, activists, and organizations on the many dimensions ofglobalization, from political and economic issues to cultural andexperiential ones Examines foundational topics, such as the experience ofglobalization, economic and political globalization, the role ofmedia and religion in cultural globalization, women’s rights,environmentalism, global civil society, and the alternativeglobalization movement Retains the helpful student features from prior editions,including an accessible format, concise introductions to majortopics, stimulating examples, and discussion questions for eachselection and section

Clearing a Space

Reflections on India, Literature and Culture
Author: Amit Chaudhuri
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9781906165017
Category: History
Page: 330
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Offers an exploration of what it means to be a modern Indian in relation to the West. This work features essays about Indian popular culture and high culture, travel and location in Paris, Bombay, Dublin, Calcutta and Berlin, empire and nationalism, Indian and Western cinema, music, art and literature, politics, race, and cosmopolitanism.

Globalisation and the Middle Classes in India

The Social and Cultural Impact of Neoliberal Reforms
Author: Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase,Timothy J. Scrase
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134068859
Category: Political Science
Page: 208
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This book fills an important gap in the existing literature on economic liberalization and globalisation in India by providing much needed ethnographic data from those affected by neoliberal globalisation. Based on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews, it reveals the complexity of the globalisation process and describes and accounts for the contradictory attitudes of the lower middle classes. The authors challenge the notion of a homogeneous Indian middle class as being the undoubted beneficiaries of recent neoliberal economic reforms, showing that while the lower middle classes are generally supportive of the recent economic reforms, they remain doubtful about the long term benefits of the country's New Economic Policy and liberalisation. Significantly, this book discusses and analyzes both the economic and cultural sides to globalisation in India, providing much-needed data in relation to several dimensions including the changing costs of living; household expenditure, debt and consumerism; employment and workplace restructuring; gender relations and girls’ education; global media and satellite television; and the significance of English in a globalising India. Globalisation and the Middle Classes in India will be of interest to scholars and students working in the fields of Sociology, Social Anthropology and Development Studies, as well as Asian Studies - in particular studies of South Asia and India - and Globalisation Studies.