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Title Consuming modernity : public culture in a South Asian world / Carol A. Breckenridge, editor.

Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.0954 CONS    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Public Modernity in India / Arjun Appadurai and Carol A. Breckenridge -- 2. Playing with Modernity: The Decolonization of Indian Cricket / Arjun Appadurai -- 3. Upon the Subdominant: Administering Music on All-India Radio / David Lelyveld -- 4. The Indian Princes as Fantasy: Palace Hotels, Palace Museums, and Palace on Wheels / Barbara N. Ramusack -- 5. Dining Out in Bombay / Frank F. Conlon -- 6. Consuming Utopia: Film Watching in Tamil Nadu / Sara Dickey -- 7. Melodrama and the Negotiation of Morality in Mainstream Hindi Film / Rosie Thomas -- 8. Repositioning the Body, Practice, Power, and Self in an Indian Martial Art / Phillip B. Zarrilli -- 9. Nation, Economy, and Tradition Displayed: The Indian Crafts Museum, New Delhi / Paul Greenough.
Summary The book aims to illustrate that what is distinctive about any particular society is not the fact of its modernity, but rather its own unique debates about modernity. Behind the embattled arena of culture in India, for example, lie particular social and political interests such as the growing middle class, the entrepreneurs and commercial institutions, and the state. The contributors address the roles of these various intertwined interests in the making of India's public culture, each examining different sites of consumption. The sites which are explored include cinema, radio, cricket, restaurants and tourism. The book also makes distinct the differences among public, mass and popular culture.
Other author Breckenridge, Carol Appadurai, 1942-2009.
Subject Popular culture -- India.
India -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 0816623058
0816623066 (paperback)