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.
Chapter 15: The Ritual Management of Desire in Indian Bazaar Art
The objects I want to deal with in this chapter are pictures, but what I am concerned with is how their representational capacity is articulated with their circulation as objects. In particular, I am interested in exploring how this circulation might work to inscribe modalities of belonging or inter-subjectivity at semiotic levels other than that of representation, in ways which may or may not mesh with each other in the post-colonial public sphere (if we can call it that) in contemporary India. This might be an unfamiliar context to some, but since my argument here is partly situated around that difference as difference, I will start by sketching ...