This book examines the role of women bloggers in the Indian Blogosphere. It explores how women use new media technologies to create online spaces that share knowledge, raise awareness, and build communities. A unique work at the intersection of digital culture, feminist theory, and diaspora/transnationalism studies, this book brings to light layered and complex issues such as identity, gender performativity, presentation of self, migration, and citizenship.
This volume will be useful for scholars and researchers of cultural studies, political studies, gender studies, women’s studies, sociology, diaspora studies, feminist theory, media and communication studies.
Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgements.
1 Introduction: capturing the “breaking wave”.
2 Mapping the Indian blogosphere: blogs as “site” and “text”.
3 New media studies and gendered narratives.
4 Everyday feminisms in cyberspace: blogging about gender.
5 Transcontinental journeys and transnational lives: blogging from the diaspora.
6 Culinary landscapes and gendered domesticity: blogging about food.
7 Conclusion: performing the gendered self.
Sumana Kasturi has a Master’s in Media Studies from Pennsylvania State University, USA, and a Master’s and PhD in Communication from the University of Hyderabad, India. She has previously worked in publishing, print media, and, for the last several years, in international higher education. Her interest in new media is long standing, and she has various published works in this field. She is currently working on two writing projects.
"In this insightful analysis of a little-examined part of the online world, Sumana Kasturi offers us a way to read the ways in which Indian women bring their digital selves into being, while also seeking and building communities across geographies and cultures, all the while negotiating the tenuous boundary between the private and the public. Written in a manner that can appeal to both academic and general interest in digital culture, diaspora studies and feminist scholarship, this book makes an important and pioneering contribution to Internet studies in India."
Prof. Usha Raman, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
"Apart from the contemporary relevance the study is important in the way that it has woven in theory in both an easy and insightful fashion. It avoids both the trap of empiricism and extraneous theoretical claims that mar many studies on culture and new technologies. It actually uses theory to understand (unlike a growing trend to use theory as ornamentation) what this new area implies for self-expression, community building, and identity formation – core issues for sociology. She correctly places communication as central to the contemporary period and does not erase the critical link between communication and capitalism, even as she is aware of the autonomous logic of the new forms – the fragments, the speed, the excess, the innovation as of their implications for a democratic public sphere."
Prof. Maitrayee Choudhary, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India