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The Making of Neoliberal India: Nationalism, Gender and the Paradoxes of Globalization

Rupal Oza (Author)
Synopsis This book examines the impact of globalization on the discourse on Indian culture and identity. Though concerned primarily with developments following the liberalization of the economy in the early 1990s, an extended history is provided of each of the issues addressed, which reveals the gradual mutations in definitions of ‘women’s liberation’ or ‘national security’. Three sites of public debate are explored-the introduction of satellite television and the opening up of the airwaves; and India’s declaration of nuclear weapons capability in 1998. Drawing on sources ranging from court cases to commercial advertising, the author tracks the efforts to realign the borders and boundaries of the nation-state through the rhetoric of safeguarding sexual mores and of masculine virility. Rather than waning in significance under globalization, the author argues that the nation-state is made the reference point by representatives of the state as well as by civil society actors of diverse political persuasions, in an attempt to secure material and discursive control over identities. The anxiety with globalization is displaced onto gendered bodies, juxtaposing the scale of the body with the scale of the nation. These anxisties lead to efforts to police the boundaries of gendered behavior, or conversely to displays of military strength. The book concludes that it is critical to interrogate the categories of identity mobilized by ‘local resistance’ to globalization before valorizing this resistance.
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About the author

Rupal Oza

Rupal Oza is an associate professor and Director of the Women's Studies Program at Hunter College, City University of New York.

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Title The Making of Neoliberal India: Nationalism, Gender and the Paradoxes of Globalization
Author Rupal Oza
Format Hardcover
Date published: 16.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Women Unlimited
Language: English
isbn 8188965324
length xi+208p.
Subjects History