Popular culture has long been a site which articulates the complexities and diversities of the everyday life of the nation. People, society, nation—all confront, negotiate, and internalize or exclude the variegated and nuanced forms of popular culture in their own ways from time to time. Popular culture thus represents people, redefines society, and, to be bold, reconditions humanity. Asia Annual 2008: Understanding Popular Culture attempts to reveal at least part, if not whole, of the processes of how significant variegated aspects of popular culture was and has become for parts of Asia and particularly for India—politically, socially, economically, culturally, and emotionally.
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About the Author
H. S. Vasudevan is a professor of history at Calcutta University and a former director of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies. Kausik Bandopadhyay is a former fellow of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies and is a reader in history at West Bengal State University in Barasat.