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Media, Indigeneity and Nation in South Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Markus Schleiter, Erik de Maaker


320 pages

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pub: 2019-08-06
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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

1. Introduction: Screening Indigeneity and Nation. Erik de Maaker & 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 Case of the Monpa Language Film ‘Sonam: The Fortunate One’. Mara Matta

15. Afterword to Media, Indigeneity and Nation in South Asia: Meditations on Media in Digital Times. Robin Jeffrey

About the Editors

Markus Schleiter is a Lecturer in the Department of Ethnology at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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

About the Series

Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of media, culture and social change in Asia. New proposals are welcome, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor, Stephanie Donald, at

Editorial Board:

Gregory N. Evon, University of New South Wales
Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney
Michael Keane, Curtin University
Tania Lewis, RMIT University, Melbourne
Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong
Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales

Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gary Rawnsley, Aberystwyth University
Ming-yeh Rawnsley, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University
Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
Jing Wang, MIT
Ying Zhu, Hong Kong Baptist University



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies