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Locating Cultural Change: Theory, Method, Process is concerned with defining the ‘local’ through case studies of specific cultural processes. The focus is on the institutionalization of ‘local’ concerns where the ‘local’ is the site of ideas and issues, and how these in turn influence us. The central premise of this collection is that in order to understand the common man's perspective, one has to demystify cultural processes.

The book seeks to capture the vibrancy of cultural processes through a wide range of things that are a part of daily life spanning Hindi films, vernacular press, metropolitan club culture, the translation industry in India, medical advertisements, and prime-time television serials.

The volume shows how it is through the texts being and becoming that culture is produced and participated in. It argues that the production and consumption of meaning and material in conjunction helps us understand cultural processes in totality—not just as a conglomeration of events outside of us, but also as a part and parcel of daily life.

Just for Fun: Changing Notions of Social Forms of Leisure
Just for fun: Changing notions of social forms of leisure
NilanjanaGupta and DevlinaGopalan

The idea of what constitutes leisure is directly related to the notion of what constitutes work. Yet academic commentaries about leisure seem to face serious difficulties in finding a commonly accepted definition of leisure or of what constitutes leisure activity. As our commonsensical observations can tell us, leisure activities may include a really wide range of activities such as reading, playing, climbing rocks, going for a cruise, collecting shells and even just sitting around and gossiping. However, attempts to classify the kinds of activity does not by itself help us to evolve a definition of leisure as the same activity may be considered leisure ...

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