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Media, Indigeneity and Nation in South Asia





ISBN 9780367784874
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
298 Pages

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Book Description

How do videos, movies and documentaries dedicated to indigenous communities transform the media landscape of South Asia? Based on extensive original research, this book examines how in South Asia popular music videos, activist political clips, movies and documentaries about, by and for indigenous communities take on radically new significances. Media, Indigeneity and Nation in South Asia shows how in the portrayal of indigenous groups by both ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ imaginations of indigeneity and nation become increasingly interlinked. Indigenous groups, typically marginal to the nation, are at the same time part of mainstream polities and cultures. Drawing on perspectives from media studies and visual anthropology, this book compares and contrasts the situation in South Asia with indigeneity globally.

Table of Contents

List of figures



Notes on contributors



Acknowledgements



1 Introduction: screening indigeneity and nation



ERIK DE MAAKER AND MARKUS SCHLEITER



PART I



Vernacular popular culture: movies and music videos



2 Himachali indigeneity: Gaddi music VCDs and expressions of belonging



ANJA WAGNER



3 ‘Manbhum’ videos and their many contours: contexts, contents, and the comic mode as a subversive form



MADHUJA MUKHERJEE



4 Films, flirts, and no dances: a village video night and the circulation of popular Santali VCDs among Birhor people in India



MARKUS SCHLEITER



5 The diffused substance of Bhojpuri indigeneity



AKSHAYA KUMAR



PART II



Politicising indigeneity: video clips and movies



6 Primitive accumulation and "primitive" subjects in postcolonial India: tracing the myriad real and virtual lives of mediatised indigeneity activism



UDAY CHANDRA



7 Giving voice? Experiences of collaboration on indigenous video-making projects



RADHIKA BORDE



8 From clanships to cyber communities: India’s Northeast in the digital age



DAISY HASAN



9 Projecting and rejecting indigeneity: ‘From Bangladesh with Love’



CARMEN BRANDT



PART III



Documenting and fictionalising indigeneity



10 Made in India: ethnographic films beyond visual anthropology



GIULIA BATTAGLIA



11 Critiquing stereotypes? Documentary as dialogue with the Garo



ERIK DE MAAKER



12 YouTube and the rising trend of indigenous folk dance: the case of the sakela dance of the Rai in Nepal and their diaspora



MARION WETTSTEIN



13 Identity, indigeneity, and cultural props: portraying the Tai-Ahoms in two Assamese films based on the legend of Joymati



ARZUMAN ARA



14 Polyandry, sexuality and the (mis)representation of indigenous women on Indian screens. The film Sonam: The Fortunate One



MARA MATTA



15 Afterword: meditations on media in digital times



ROBIN JEFFREY



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Editor(s)

Biography

Markus Schleiter is Lecturer in the Institute of Ethnology at Münster University, Germany.



Erik de Maaker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, The Netherlands.

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