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The dramatic expansion of media and communications sector in the last two decades has brought South Asia on the global scene as a major center for media production and consumption.
This book sees media as politics in the vibrant and important media landscape of South Asia. At the centre of the analysis lies the recognition of the mediated nature of political subjectivities and political action. Circulation of media narratives, objects and resources produces particular kinds of political practices and social imaginaries that reconfigure and co-constitute the field of politics. Here, politics is understood broadly as an arena of contestation for multiple claims through diverse cultural, associational, and state regulatory activities. Keeping with the double-edged nature of publicity and concealment inherent in media, the book is organised around the three frames of Participation, Control and Friction. Interdisciplinary in nature, the chapters represent work by senior and emerging scholars.
For the first time bringing together the cultural, regulatory and social aspects of media expansion in a single perspective, this book fills the need for overview and analytical studies on South Asian media as it shows the dynamics of mediated politics in South Asia. It will be of interest to academics in the areas of global communications, international studies, anthropology, political science and sociology as well as those intersted in South Asia and communications in the global South more broadly.