The Third Volume in the series Communication Processes engages in understanding processes of communication in relation to cultural configurations and contending forces that permeate them. This volume is positioned at the interface of culture and communication—exploring ways in which interaction, negotiations, and even conflicts are voiced. It re-examines our conception of culture to show that communities cannot be divided into polarities such as ‘elite and popular’ or ‘dominant and subaltern’—establishing that such clear divisions cannot exist in society. Culture is therefore perceived as a field of contending forces: a milieu of exchange, encounter, confrontation, and possibly conflict.

Street Theatre in Maharashtra

Street Theatre in Maharashtra

Street theatre in Maharashtra

In June 1991 fifteen peasant women and two male animators from among the rural cultural action groups Garīb Dongarī Sanghatnä (GDS) of the Village Community Development Association (VCDA) in Pune district set up a study group on the issue of deserted women under my direction. The participants were all social animators actually involved in helping out deserted women, personally, at home in their own families or at their in-laws’, and of course in court. This problem, in magnitude and seriousness, goes beyond the personal and family dimensions of each case considered. Being of a collective nature, it had to be studied as a global socio-cultural fact. The VCDA decided to constitute a specific research action study group for ...

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