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Diginaka: Subaltern Politics and Digital Media in Post-Capitalist India

K.P. Jayasankar (Author) Anjali Monteiro (Author) Amit S. Rai (Author)

Differential and changing access to the Internet in India has led to an explosion of user-created content across various platforms and media. This turn to the digital also has political and economic consequences, as seen in the imposition of AADHAAR and demonetisation. While the digital divide intensifies social hierarchies of caste, class and gender, it can also become part of post-capitalist ecologies, traversing the formal and informal sectors, even as the digital becomes central to social and political practices in different marginalised communities Diginaka: Subaltern Politics and Digital Media in Post-Capitalist India explores this complex space of the digital from multiple perspectives and locations. This book explores various aspects of the digital in India, from documentaries, digital video activism in Mumbai, free WiFi and digital populism, to more intimate representations of the digital through circuits of affect, care and motherhood. The chapters focus on crucial areas of study such as the city, documentary and cinematic texts, gender and sexuality, labour, censorship and digital archives.Ultimately, the volume seeks to diagram various entry points into post-capitalist media ecologies as channels connecting the local and the digital in India.

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About the author

K.P. Jayasankar

K.P. Jayasankar and Anjali Monteiro are Professors at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, since 1983 and 1988, respectively. They have made over 40 documentaries, and their work has been screened at many film festivals across the world. Jointly, they have won 32 national and international awards for their films, the most recent being the Basil Wright Award for Like Here Like There at the 13th RAI International Ethnographic Film Festival, Edinburgh 2013. They have had four retrospectives of their films: Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala (2006), Bangalore Film Society (2010), Madurai International Film Festival (2012) and Parramasala, Sydney (2013). An adaptation of their film Saacha (The Loom) was a part of the exhibition Project Space: Word. Sound. Power. at the Tate Modern, London, between July and November 2013. They have been mentors and commissioning editors for a number of award-winning documentary projects by young film-makers.

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Title Diginaka: Subaltern Politics and Digital Media in Post-Capitalist India
Format Softcover
Date published: 09.03.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789352879069
length 292p