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Media and Mediation

Media and Mediation
Volume I

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

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Media Policy

408 pages | SAGE India
This volume is devoted to understanding the politics in, and of, communication. The contributors explore the political terrain on which various processes of communication unfold, as well as investigating the political configurations of communication processes.

Through conceptual articulations, theoretical constructs and empirical data, the volume addresses such questions as: how fruitful is communication as a concept? What types of insights does it yield? and Do these insights emanate from academic engagements or from practices within society?

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Cloth (0-7619-3446-4) available March 2006

Biswajit Das
The Quest for Theory
Mapping Communication Studies in India

Biswajit Das, Vibodh Parthasarathi and Guy Poitevin
Investigating Communication
Remooring the Contours of Research

Fulcrums of Administration
Deep Kanta Lahiri Choudhury
`Beyond the Reach of Monkeys and Men'? O'Shaughnessy and the Telegraph in India c.1836-56
Dipankar Sinha
Information Society as if Communication Mattered
The Indian State Revisited

Landscapes of Commerce
Vibodh Parthasarathi
Constructing a `New Media' Market
Merchandising the Talking Machine, c.1900-1912

Maitrayee Chaudhuri
A Question of Choice
Advertisements, Media and Democracy

Arenas of Assimilation
Biswajit Das
Mediating Modernity
Colonial Discourse and Radio Broadcasting, c.1924-1947

Shanti Kumar
In Search of Autonomy
The Nationalist Imagination of Public Broadcasting

Invasion and Intrusion
Uma Chakravarti
State, Market and Freedom of Expression
Women and Electronic Media

G Krishna Reddy
Forging Public Opinion
The Press, Television and Electoral Campaigns in Andhra Pradesh

Interaction and Appropriation
Bernard Bel
Personal and Social Communication
Two Instances of Electronic Mail

Jitendra Maid, Pandit Padalghare and Guy Poitevin
Communication for Socio-Cultural Action
`Is the Discourse "on" or "off"?'

Interrogation and Contestation
J[um]oel Ruet
The Political Meaning of a River
Intellectuals and the Economy of Knowledge Around the Narmada

Pradip N Thomas
That Persistent `Other'
The Political Economy of Copyright in India


Combining theoretical discussions with empirical case studies, this volume delineates the possibilities and potentials of excluded people seeking inclusion, as well as the complexities and contradictions inherent in the process.

The Pakistan Development Review

This book might of interest to students and scholars of media studies, history and sociology, and evolving concerns in cultural studies and public policy; also recommended for readers interested in development studies.

Journal of South Asian Development

Bernard Bel

Bernard Bel is a research engineer currently working at Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Université de Provence, a speech research laboratory of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris. Earlier, he was a member of the Groupe Intelligence Artificielle, Marseille II University. Between 1994 and 1998, he was deputed to Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi, to carry on projects in musicology and sociocultural anthropology. He has published numerous articles on both subjects and is currently involved in social activism for an improvement of birth practices in French-speaking countries, both as the webmaster of the... More About Author

Jan Brouwer

Jan Brouwer recently retired as Professor of Cultural Anthropology from the North-Eastern Hill University in Shillong. He is presently Professor of Anthropology at the University School of Design, University of Mysore and Honorary Director at the Centre for Advanced Research on Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CARIKS), Mysore. He has many published works to his credit and is currently working on the concept of autonomy and death as a social relation. More About Author

Biswajit Das

Biswajit Das is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has over two decades of teaching experience and specialized research in communication studies, during which he was also a visiting fellow at the Universities of Windsor, Canada and Hawaii, USA. His research has been supported by various foundations and institutions in India and abroad such as Indo-French Scholarship, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies and the Charles Wallace Trust. More About Author

Vibodh Parthasarathi

Vibodh Parthasarathi, an independent communication theorist and policy consultant based in New Delhi, maintains an interest in the political economy of communication and comparative media practice. His work has gained support from the Charles Wallace India Trust, Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation, Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation, India Foundation for the Arts, and the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. He has also taught at government and private universities in India, besides dabbling in documentaries. ‘Crosscurrents—A Fijian Travelogue’, his last documentary, explored the many faces of ‘reconciliation’ after the decade of coups... More About Author

Guy Poitevin

Guy Poitevin (1934–2004) was born in Mayenne (France). After studying to become a priest and graduating in philosophy and theology, he taught for twelve years in a seminary in Western France. He settled in Pune in 1972 and later became a naturalized Indian citizen. Along with his wife Hema Rairkar, friends and associates, he set up the Village Community Development Association (VCDA, ttp:// in 1978 to support socio-cultural action in remote rural areas, and the Centre for Cooperative Research in Social Sciences (CCRSS, in 1980 for the purpose of carrying out theoretically related activities. Besides numerous... More About Author

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