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India's State-run Media

India's State-run Media
Broadcasting, Power, and Narrative


  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108481700

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  • India's State-run Media presents a new perspective on broadcasting by bringing together two neglected areas of research in media studies in India - the intertwined genealogies of sovereignty, public, religion, and nation in radio and television, and the spatiotemporal dynamics of broadcasting into a single analytic inquiry. It argues that the spatiotemporalities of broadcasting and the inter-relationships among the public, religion, and nation can be traced to an organizing concept that shaped India's late colonial and postcolonial histories - sovereignty. The book contends that studies of television have glossed over the meanings, experiences, and practices of the religious in televisual narratives and viewers' interpretations of television programs. Drawing on the philosophical writings of Paul Ricoeur and Michel Foucault, connecting their ideas with media, cultural, and religious studies, it examines cultural discourses, power relations, repertoire of meanings, social events, etc. in broadcasting in late colonial and postcolonial India.

    • Written in lucid language, the book argues that studies of television have glossed over the meanings, experiences, and practices of the religious in televisual narratives and viewers' interpretations of television programs
    • Develops original insights from Michel Foucault and Paul Ricoeur's intersecting, yet divergent, philosophical mediations on 'the hermeneutics of the self/subject'
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    'This ambitious and wide-ranging book uses the form and force of state-run media (radio and television as well as music broadcasts) in India, to stage a broader argument about critical and postcolonial media studies, drawing on Foucault and Ricoeur. It will be of great interest to media scholars, postcolonial theorists and South Asia experts.' Arjun Appadurai, New York University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108481700
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 156 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

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    1. Broadcasting, spatiotemporalities, and power
    2. Doordarshan, literary drama, and narrative identity
    3. Televisual representations of socio-spatial conflicts, and the religious-secular imaginaries
    4. Patriotism and its avatars: tracking the national-global dialectic in music videos and television commercials
    5. Remembering Doordarshan: figurations of memories and nostalgia on Blogs, YouTube, and in oral interviews

  • Author

    Sanjay Asthana, Middle Tennessee State University
    Sanjay Asthana teaches at the School of Journalism and Strategic Media in Middle Tennessee State University. His areas of interest are media and cultural studies, postcolonial studies, visual communication, and international and global communication. He is the author of Youth Media Imaginaries from Around the World (2012), and has co-authored Palestinian Youth Media and the Pedagogies of Estrangement (2016).

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