Politics after Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India

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This book explores the influence of television on politics in a detailed study of the media, politics, and religion in India and the United States between 1987 and 1993. Arvind Rajagopal brings together recent cultural theories with analysis of the media and political movements in a sophisticated and impressive way. He presents a new social theory of television as a technology, and uses it to illuminate the work of the media in the rise of Hindu nationalism. The book will interest scholars of politics, sociology, religion, media, and South Asian studies.
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"Rajagopal changes our way of thinking about the world, not only in India, but everywhere: his book is indispensable for anyone who wants to understand how globalism and localism intersect." Robert N. Bellah, Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University at California, Berkeley

"This beautifully written book will surely become a classic in media and globalisation studies and in the cultural sociology of contemporary India." Arjun Appadurai, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago

"Politics After Television, with brilliant theoretical acuity and empirical richness,analyses how television redefines and forms part of a new circuit of politics and public culture in India. This is a superb and stimulating contribution to the study of contemporary politics in India" Gyan Prakash, Professor of History at Princeton University

"This book is one of the most significant of recent contributions to the literature on the history and political economy of the Hindu Right in India between the late 1980s and early 1990s, a period that saw the exponential growth of the Sangh Parivar's mass base and ideology...Rajagopal's book has provided a framework for understanding the political practice of the Sangh Parivar as it is likely ro evolve." Frontline: India's National Magazine, Volume 18, http://www.frontlineonline.com

"the book is an important contribution to the literature and will be of interest to India and media specialists." CHOICE Nov 2001

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521640534
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Hindu nationalism and the cultural forms of Indian politics 30
2 Prime time religion 72
3 The communicating thing and its public 121
4 A "split public" in the making and unmaking of the Ram Janmabhumi movement 151
5 Organization, performance, and symbol 212
6 Hindutva goes global 237
Conclusion: How has television changed the context of politics in India? 277
App Background to the Babri Masjid dispute 284
Notes 292
Select bibliography 372
Index 390
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