The Making of Neoliberal India: Nationalism, Gender, and the Paradoxes of Globalization [NOOK Book]

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In the 1990s, the forces of globalization exploded in India: a formerly tiny middle class quickly expanded, international trade burgeoned, and privatization of state-controlled industries and sectors proceeded apace. Globalization poses particular challenges to nations and national identity, and nations have responded to the myriad and complex forms and forces of globalization in contradictory ways. In India, nationalism grew in strength and the major Hindu nationalist party ...
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The Making of Neoliberal India: Nationalism, Gender, and the Paradoxes of Globalization

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Overview

In the 1990s, the forces of globalization exploded in India: a formerly tiny middle class quickly expanded, international trade burgeoned, and privatization of state-controlled industries and sectors proceeded apace. Globalization poses particular challenges to nations and national identity, and nations have responded to the myriad and complex forms and forces of globalization in contradictory ways. In India, nationalism grew in strength and the major Hindu nationalist party took power for the first time in decades.

The Making of Neoliberal India uses the discourses of identity and belonging in 1990s India to explain how the cultures of neoliberalism become dominant. Rupal Oza examines three sites of public national debate that occurred in the '90s: the privatization of television, the 1996 Miss World Pageant (a publicity event meant to sell an image of a new, more liberal and secular India), and the nuclear weapons tests of the late 1990s, which nationalists correlated with masculine virility. Oza argues that globalization has reconstituted the nation spatially, culturally, and economically along neoliberal lines and explores which gendered and sexual identities are privileged over others (and, as a consequence, who belongs in the nation and who does not).

About the Author:
Rupal Oza is Director of the Women's Studies program at Hunter College, City University of New York

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"Rupal Oza conceptualizes the “contentious debates over India’s identity” in the 1990s through an examination of three distinct but related phenomena: neoliberal policies, the rise of the Hindu Right, and the consolidation of the middle classes...point[s] to how gender, nationalism, and community identities are integrally related in both colonial and postcolonial times...contribute[s] to existing feminist and postcolonial debates in a rich and provocative manner." — Jinee Lokaneeta, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Summer 2008
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136082269
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Rupal Oza is Assistant Professor of geography and women's studies at Hunter College, CUNY. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The new liberal Indian woman and globalization 21
Ch. 3 Cartographic anxiety : television censorship and border controls 45
Ch. 4 Showcasing India : sexuality and the nation in the 1996 Miss World Pageant 79
Ch. 5 Nuclear tests and national virility : gender and sexual politics of militarization 103
Ch. 6 Epilogue 135
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