The Rumour of Globalization: Desecrating the Global from Vernacular Margins. Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay

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Drawing from recent theories of virtuality, performativity, and governmentality, and on post-colonial activist scholarship from the global south, this book presents a series of ethnographic and archival studies of what Mukhopadhyay terms 'vernacular globalisation' in India. The book's six provocative but substantive chapters of the book engage a wide range of events, objects, histories, narratives and episodes with the intent of interrogating what Franz Fanon called the 'zone of occult instability where the people dwell.' these chapters recount tales of quotidian commodity fetishism of rural cargo cults thriving on bazaar rumours about Chinese dumping in communist Calcutta, signpost desi cyberporn showcasing 'fat aunties' and Gandhi, dig deep into Indo-Persian travelogues about england and women's travel narratives to Japan embodying local traditions of cosmopolitanism, interrogate folk scroll paintings about 9/11 in the art historical mode and seek to uncover vernacular civic traditions of urbanism through an analysis of grotty slum photographs. The Rumour of Globlization presents facades of vernacular india negotiating globalising forces through a distinctive style of ethnography (fabulation) which is sensitive to subaltern political aspirations while maintaining a broad commitment to Marxist theory, Subaltern Studies scholarship and post-structuralist theory.

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Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay (PhD, Calcutta) is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has taught at Calcutta University, Jadavpur University and VU Wellington and held post-doctoral fellowships in France, the US and Britain. He has co-edited (with John Marriott and Partha Chatterjee), a six-volume compendium of archival materials on colonial India, Britain in India (1765-1905). Some of Mukhopadhyay's many journal articles have been translated into French and Chinese and he also writes in Bengali and is involved with Indian activist organisations.

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'With its broad erudition deeply grounded in an exploration of vernacular practices, above all in his native Bengal, Mukhopadhyay's The Rumour of Globalization is an exemplary piece of analysis of the social Imaginary: urgent, attentive, theoretically and politically dissident, an accomplished work of the scholarly imagination.' * John Frow, author of Time and Commodity Culture: Essays in Cultural Theory and Postmodernity *

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