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Bernard Bel, Jan Brouwer, Biswajit Das, Vibodh Parthasarathi & Guy Poitevin

In: Communication, Culture and Confrontation

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Introduction
Introduction
BernardBelJanBrouwerBiswajitDasVibodhParthasarathiGuyPoitevin

This first part comprises three preliminary contributions on account of their wider, theoretical and methodological scopes, thanks in particular to their emphasis on both the parameters of power and ambivalence. They give an opportunity to appropriately display their wide-ranging effects from three general and very contextually different vantage points, that is, discourse, practice and system, before observing their working in detail in the other case studies of the book.

Discourses on Popular Cultures

The study ‘From the Popular to the People’ by Guy Poitevin, shows how the term ‘popular cultures’ is highly problematic1 and simply adds to the confusion. Should the ‘people’ be really equated to the ‘popular’? By pointing to culture as a stake of contention in power conflicts (Chombart de Lauwe 1975; de Certeau ...

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