Media as Politics in South Asia

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Sahana Udupa, Stephen D. McDowell
Routledge, 14.07.2017 - 234 Seiten

The dramatic expansion of the media and communications sector since the 1990s has brought South Asia on the global scene as a major center for media production and consumption. This book is the first overview of media expansion and its political ramifications in South Asia during these years of economic reforms.

From the puzzling liberalization of media under military dictatorship in Pakistan to the brutal killings of journalists in Sri Lanka, and the growing influence of social media in riots and political protests in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, the chapters analyse some of the most important developments in the media fields of contemporary South Asia. Attentive to colonial histories as well as connections within and beyond South Asia in the age of globalization, the chapters combine theoretically grounded studies with original empirical research to unravel the dynamics of media as politics. The chapters are organized around the three frames of participation, control and friction. They bring to the fore the double edged nature of publicity and containment inherent in media, thereby advancing postcolonial perspectives on the massive media transformation underway in South Asia and the global South more broadly.

For the first time bringing together the cultural, regulatory and social aspects of media expansion in a single perspective, this interdisciplinary book fills the need for overview and analytical studies on South Asian media.

 

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beyond the public sphere
public performance in the digital
urban awamispace travel and
narratives of masculinities
Why did a military dictator liberalize the electronic media
Reinventing normality in Sri Lankas media systems
The politicocommercial nexus and the broadcast policy
distributive justice and
censorship and resistance
blogs and political participation in South
Mediating claims to Buddhas birthplace and Nepali
mobile media riot and religious politics
media as politics and mediated politics

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Über den Autor (2017)

Sahana Udupa is Professor of Media Anthropology, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, and Senior Research Partner at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany. She researches and teaches journalism cultures, digital media politics, global urbanization and media policy. She is the author of Making News in Global India: Media, Publics, Politics.

Stephen D. McDowell is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Communication and Information and is John H. Phipps Professor in the School of Communication at Florida State University, USA. His research and teaching interests address news content, new communication technologies, and communication policies in South Asia and North America. His first book is on India’s communication policies, ‘Globalization, Liberalization and Policy Change: A Political Economy of India's Communications Sector’.

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