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Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India

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In Screening Culture, Viewing Politics Purnima Mankekar presents a cutting-edge ethnography of television-viewing in India. With a focus on the responses of upwardly-mobile, yet lower-to-middle class urban women to state-sponsored entertainment serials, Mankekar demonstrates how television in India has profoundly shaped women’s place in the family, community, and nation, a ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 10th 1999 by Duke University Press Books (first published November 19th 1999)
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Nov 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic for so many reasons, but among them...

I had always been aware of how television had shaped my identity, but Mankekar expands the obvious to show how much nationalism depends on public programming in this era, in particular for women. Definitely a must.
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Recommends it for: Anthropologists, Media Studies-ers
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Purnima Mankekar is Professor in the Departments of Gender Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India and coeditor of Media, Erotics, and Transnational Asia, both also published by Duke University Press.
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