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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.

Minority Rights in India: A View from the Regional Press
Minority rights in India: A view from the regional press

Ever since the resurgence of a Hindu nationalist movement in India spearheaded by the Sangh parivar in the 1980s, several scholarly attempts have been made to track the role of the press—both national and regional, English and vernacular—in shaping this phenomenon. The Hindutva wave, however, fed largely upon anti-minority—more precisely, anti-Muslim—hate campaign which propelled the present author to take up the problem at hand, that is the press’ perceptions about the rights of the minorities in India which, it was felt, would be a fitting supplement to the research literature noted earlier. That apart, minority rights have emerged as a major debating point in political theory ...

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