Critical Themes in Indian Sociology brings together the writings of a number of scholars—both well established and younger, in India and in different parts of the world—on various themes that express the richness and diversity that defines sociological scholarship on India. The book reflects changes in scholarship over time and charts out new subjects and methods for the study of social life in India. Commemorating the 50 plus years since Contributions to Indian Sociology was first published, this book is a tribute to a journal that has sustained an internationally acclaimed and rigorous sociological engagement with India. Comprising a wide range of themes such as village, city, class, caste, politics, gender, sexuality, media, food and education, this book presents a concise, yet in-depth sense of a sociological view of India today.
Chapter 9: Internet Cultures
Introduction: Internet Cultures vs Internet-mediated Cultures
The focus of this essay is on some of the major themes emerging from the last decade or so of research on Internet cultures in India. But rather than a trawl through this literature, the themes were selected by the authors because whilst conveying nuanced sociological and ethnographic considerations of the Indian experience, they also speak to wider scholarly debates with global relevance that have tried to map the sociocultural impacts of the Internet since its conception (Hine 2000; Miller and Slater 2000). The particularity of Indian experience acts as a counterpoint to some of the more naïve and earlier sociologies of the Internet which championed ...