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Communication, Culture and Confrontation

Communication, Culture and Confrontation

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Bernard Bel - French National Centre for Scientific Research
  • Jan Brouwer - Centre for Advanced Research on Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Mysore
  • Biswajit Das - Professor at Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • Vibodh Parthasarathi - Centre for Culture, Media & Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • Guy Poitevin - Late of Centre for Cooperative Research in Social Sciences, Pune

January 2010 | 500 pages | SAGE India
The third and final volume in the series on Communication Processes, Communication, Culture and Confrontation is a bold attempt at breaking conceptual and methodological impasses which stifle communication studies. Departing from established frameworks and dated technological metaphors such as 'transmission', the present volume explores and analyzes different forms of communication media in relation to the cultural configurations and contending forces that permeate them.

Positioned at the interface of culture and communication studies, the discourse in the book engages with multiple voices, bringing together academic scholars and grassroot social animators. Exploring seven different popular cultural forms, such as rituals, songs, narratives, calendar art, pamphlets, and so on, through 18 case studies, it goes on to suggest a complex model of communication. In this framework, cultures cannot be viewed as items exchanged in the hegemonic space of global communication. Cultural configurations display themselves as 'evolutive' forms of social communication that weave human beings into collectives and bind these collectives with one another—all permeated with the power parameter. Cultures 'perform' viable collectives when they come to be apprehended in a field of contending forces: a milieu of exchange, encounter, confrontation and possibly conflict.

This volume will be invaluable for students of communication, culture studies, sociology and journalism.

Introduction: Remoulding the 'Cultural' as the 'Contentious'

Bernard Bel, Jan Brouwer, Biswajit Das, Vibodh Parthasarathi, Guy Poitevin
I: CONFLICTING STAKES: Introduction Editors
From the Popular to the People

Guy Poitevin
Interventionist Tendencies in Popular Culture

Vibodh Parthasarathi
The Indian Legal System: A Unique Combination of Traditions, Practices and Modern Values

Karine Bates
II: POWER OF ORALITY: Introduction Editors
Terrains of Rejuvenation

The Donkey: A Mirror of Self-identification

Guy Poitevin
Memory and Social Protest

Badri Narayan
Say It in Singing! Prosodic Patterns and Rhetorics in the Performance of Grindmill Songs

Bernard Bel, Geneviève Caelen-Haumont and Hema Rairkar
Assets of Dissent

Grindmill Songs: A Reference of Autonomous Self-insight

Hema Rairkar
From Grindmill Songs to Cultural Action

Tara Ubhe
A Reactivated Performance Capacity

Kusum Sonavne
Scenarios of Stress

Folk Arts and Folk Artists: Myths and Realities

P J Amala Dos
Scenarios of Appropriation

Resisting Colonial Modernity

Premchand's Rangabhoomi and Shashi Bhushan Upadhyay
Street Theatre in Maharashtra

Hema Rairkar
Action Theatre in Belgium

Paul Biot
Intruding Orders

Ephemera, Communication and the Quest for Power: Hindutva in Uttar Pradesh

Jayati Chaturvedi and Gyaneshwar Chaturvedi
The Ritual Management of Desire in Indian Bazaar Art

Kajri Jain
Contending Idioms

On the Way to Pandhari

Jitendra Maid and Guy Poitevin
The Famous Invincible Darkies

Denis-Constant Martin
Epilogue Editors


The volume which assembles a wide range of scholarly works that posit problematic yet convincing arguments towards a complete understanding of the concepts of culture, communication, and conflicts would be a useful resource for students and scholars of contemporary politics, media and society.

The Book Review

This well-researched third volume in the series coming after the first two whose focus has been on the media, techniques and relations of communication is a good reference book for not only students pursuing disciplines of sociology, communication arts and culture but also to the faculty involved in teaching these subjects.


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