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Cinema and the Urban Poor in South India

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521040075

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  • This study of the Indian cinema is concerned particularly with cinema-goers in Madurai, a city in Tamil Nadu, South India. Sara Dickey reviews the history of Tamil film, explains the structure of the industry, and presents the perspective of the filmmakers. However, the core of the book is an analysis of the films themselves and the place they have in the lives of poor people, who organize fan clubs, discuss the films and the actors, and in various ways relate these fantasy worlds to their own lives. Dickey argues that the effect of these films is ultimately conservative, for they glorify poverty while holding out the hope of a better future. Her rich ethnography makes an interesting contribution to the study of film in India and, more generally, to the understanding of popular culture in an Indian city.

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    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521040075
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.361kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Note on transliteration
    Part I:
    1. Introduction
    2. Lives in Madurai
    3. Activities and attitudes
    Part II:
    4. History of Tamil cinema
    5. Films
    6. Film themes
    Part III:
    7. Filmmakers
    8. Audiences
    9. Fan clubs and politics
    10. Conclusions
    Appendix
    Notes
    List of references
    Index.

  • Author

    Sara Dickey, Bowdoin College, Maine

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