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Vol 14

Mohan Jyoti Dutta: Imagining India in Discourse: Meaning, Power, Structure (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2017).

ISBN: 978-981-10-3049-9 (Softcover)
ISBN: 978-981-10-3051-2 (EBook)
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India on the global landscape have been accompanied by the dramatic rise in popular, public, and elite discourses that offer the promise to imagine India. Written mostly in the future tense, these discourses conceive of India through specific frames of global change and simultaneously offer prescriptive suggestions for the pathways to fulfilling the vision. Both as summary accounts of the shifts taking place in India and in the relationships of India with other global actors as well as roadmaps for the immediate and longer term directions for India, these discourses offer meaningful entry points into elite imaginations of India. Engaging these imaginations creates a framework for understanding the tropes that are mobilized in support of specific policy formulations in economic, political, cultural, and social spheres. Connecting meanings within networks of power and structure help make sense of the symbolic articulations of India within material relationships.

1 Imagining India in Discourse – 2 Discourses of liberalization: Framing Economics – 3 Innovation, Technology, and Development – 4 Food, Health, Shelter, and Nutrition: Public Provisions and Private Industry – 5 State, Bureaucracy, and Politics: Contradictions in Interpretation – 6 Culture and Communication: Old and New – 7 The Poor, the Rural and the Margins – 8 Epilogue

Mohan J. Dutta is Professor and Head of the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is adjunct Professor of Communication at Purdue University and at Pennsylvania State University.