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Digital Politics and Culture in Contemporary India

The Making of an Info-Nation, 1st Edition

By Biswarup Sen

Routledge

176 pages

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The relationship between information and the nation-state is typically portrayed as a face-off involving repressive state power and democratic flows: Twitter and the Arab Spring, Google in China, WikiLeaks and the U.S. State Department. Less attention has been paid to those scenarios where states have regarded information and its diffusion as productive of modernity and globalization. It is the central argument of this book that the contemporary nation-state, especially in the global South, is far from hostile to the current informational milieu and in fact makes crucial use of it in order to develop adequate modes of governance, communication and sociality in a networked world. This book focuses on India – an emerging country that has recently witnessed a "software miracle" – to highlight the critical role informatics has historically played in the national imagination and to demonstrate how the state, private capital and civic society have drawn upon and engaged the precepts and protocols of the information age to fashion an "info-nation."

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Computer in Postcolonial History 2. The Rise of the Informational State 3. Info-Activism and Civil Society 4. Reality Television and Informational Culture 5. Conclusion

About the Author/Editor

Biswarup Sen is Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, USA

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies

Through publishing comparative and region-specific studies, this series aims to bring Asian, Latin American, African, and Middle Eastern media and cultural studies scholarship to the English speaking world and--in addition-- to promote cutting edge research on the globalization of media, culture, and communication.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM032000
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COM079000
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / General
COM087000
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LAN008000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Journalism
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies