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Media, Nationalism and Globalization The Telangana Movement and Indian Politics

By Sumanth Inukonda Copyright 2020
    172 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    170 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    170 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

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    This book explores the meanings of nationalism in a post-globalization, postcolonial context. It provides an in-depth understanding of the relationship between marginalized groups, media and politics by a focused study of the Telangana movement in India.  

    Events like the Arab Spring, unrest in Myanmar and Ukraine, and the Brexit, Kurdish and Catalan referendums have proved how catalytic the changing media environment has been in reshaping the nature of resistance and social movements. Based on the author’s ethnographic research, this book examines how marginalized groups engage with the media and their community to participate in political processes. Analyzing public meetings, folk performances, pamphlets and media reports of the Telangana movement, the author reflects on the cultural notions of nationalism and the politics of state formation in the post-colonial context. This volume also evaluates the role of students and intellectuals in contemporary social movements and in uniting the discontents of globalization.  

    Highlighting intersections of performativity, geography and justice, this book examines changing articulations of identity and everyday forms of resistance. It will be useful for students and research scholars interested in media and communication, cultural studies, political sciences, ethnic and minority studies and sociocultural movements in India.

    Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction 2. Postcolonial Nationalism 3. The Discourse of Globalization 4. Media and Imperialism 5. Mobilizing Identities 6. Epilogue. Bibliography. Index.


    Sumanth Inukonda is an assistant professor of communication studies at the LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York, USA.

    ‘Sumanth Inukonda's study is a timely, much-needed case study of nationalist movements and discourses in the era of globalization. It illuminates the centrality of the political economy of legacy and digital media in nationalist struggles.’ —Professor Boyd-Barrett, Professor Emeritus Bowling Green State University

    ‘A fascinating account of struggles between nationalism and global forces, hegemonic and counter-hegemonic movements, and the roles of media and oral traditions, combining in the context of the formation of a new state in India.’ —Professor Robin Mansell, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science