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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.

Foreign Babies/Indian Make: Outsourcing Reproduction in the Age of Globalization
Foreign babies/Indian make: Outsourcing reproduction in the age of globalization

Baby Manji Yamada was born in India, carried to term in the womb of an Indian mother, Pritiben Mehta, who gave birth in October 2008. The baby was commissioned by a Japanese couple Yuki and Ikufumi Yamada. The embryo implanted in the surrogate was created with Ikufumi's sperm but the egg was bought from an anonymous Indian woman. Unfortunately, the Yamadas divorced before Manji was born and Yuki relinquished all claims to the baby. After fulfilling her obligation, the gestational mother, too, gave up any claim to Manji. The infant's birth certificate left blank the space where a mother is named. Instead there is a handwritten ...

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