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Headlines from the Heartland: Reinventing the Hindi Public Sphere


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Mai 2007

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

In the 1990s a newspaper revolution began blowing across northern and central India. In these Hindi-speaking states, when literacy levels rose, communications expanded, and purchasing power climbed, Hindi newspapers followed-picking up readers in small towns and villages. Even while these newspapers surged to the top of national readership charts, they localised furiously in the race for readers. But in this universe of local news, questions arose about what localisation was doing to regional identity and consciousness.

Using notes from her pioneering field-study in eight states, Sevanti Ninan brings alive India's ongoing rural newspaper revolution, and its impact on politics, administration and society. Set against the socio-economic and political changes in the countryside, it is a remarkable story of how journalism flowered in unexpected and unorthodox ways, and colourful media marketing unfurled in the Hindi heartland.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Overview: Reinventing the Public Sphere
The Evolution and Growth of Hindi Journalism
A Rural Newspaper Revolution
Creating New Media Hubs
Local Newsgatherers
The Universe of Local News
Media and Commerce
Journalists and Politicians
Caste and Communalism
The Development Discourse
Reconfiguring the Public Sphere
Change and Attrition
Epilogue: Habermas Revisited
References
Index

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Sevanti Ninan brilliantly brings alive India's ongoing Hindi newspaper revolution, and its impact on politics, administration and society. Set against the socio economic and political changes in the countryside, it is a remarkable story of how journalism flowered in unexpected and unorthodox ways, and colourful media marketing unfurled in the Hindi heartland…. "a story of expansion, localization, fragmentation"…. Sachin Pilot called it "trivialization of the newspaper"…. "Headlines from the Heartland" as the first serious effort to capture the Hindi Press" not by a foreigner, but by an Indian…. "Ninan strives to connect her richly woven stories into larger pattern of media and newspaper development throughout the world in the past 200 years. This is a book for everyone interested in modern India, and in how print and capitalism shaper societies."…. Famous author and columnist Ramchandra Guha describes the book as "fascinating and richly textured study of the rise to influence and power of the Hindi press across northern India
EAN: 9780761935803
ISBN: 0761935800
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: SAGE PUBN
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2007
Seitenanzahl: 308 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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