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Channeling Cultures: Television Studies from India

edited by Biswarup Sen and Abhijit Roy

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ISBN 10: 0198092059 / ISBN 13: 9780198092056
Published by Oxford University Press, 2014
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Television plays a very important role in constructing and presenting images of Indian modernity. Channeling Cultures brings together scholars from various disciplines to locate television within multiple histories of the nation as well as current trajectories in global culture and politics. Building on analytical frameworks of postcoloniality citizenship democracy development globalization and consumerism this volume addresses questions in televisual form genre identity politics affect gender body and sexuality and explores regional national and global itineraries of Indian television. Focusing on the genres of news, reality show, and soap opera, the book interrogates some of the standard assumptions of television studies and more broadly global media studies. It provides fresh perspectives on the transition of Indian television from a state monopoly to a market-driven system and liberalization's nuanced relationships with Indian media in general. The arguments invite the reader to critically engage with many theoretical perspectives ranging from political economy to cultural studies that energize the field of research on Indian television. The book will interest all those looking to critically engage with television media theory and popular culture. Bookseller Inventory # 112525

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Title: Channeling Cultures: Television Studies from...

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Edition: 1st Edition

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Television is probably the most important mass medium in India today. In this pioneering volume of television studies reputed scholars from across the globe address a series of questions that help us gain a deeper understanding of its nature and function within contemporary Indian society: What makes television occupy a pivotal place in India's public and private cultures? How has television changed from the early days of Doordarshan to the current age of set top boxes and hundreds of channels? What makes news, soap opera and Reality TV an integral part of our daily lives? Why is our popular culture so orchestrated by the 4 Cs (cricket, crime, cinema and celebrity)? Why is television indispensable at times of crises like a 'terrorist' attack? How different is regional television from its national and global counterparts? By analyzing different aspects of content, policy, and broadcasting philosophy, the volume enables the reader to arrive at a deeper understanding of the role television plays in representing and constructing Indian modernity.

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Biswarup Sen isAssistant Professor atSchool of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Abhijit Roy is Associate Professor at Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

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