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Cities of the mind - villages of the mind

  • Deep into the second half of the twentieth century the traditionalist definition of India as a country of villages remained dominant in official political rhetoric as well as cultural production. In the past two decades or so, this ruralist paradigm has been effectively superseded by a metropolitan imaginary in which the modern, globalised megacity increasingly functions as representative of India as a whole. Has the village, then, entirely vanished from the cultural imaginary in contemporary India? Addressing economic practices from upper-class consumerism to working-class family support strategies, this paper attempts to trace how 'the village' resurfaces or survives as a cultural reference point in the midst of the urban.

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Author:Dirk WiemannGND
ISSN:0044-2305 (print)
Parent Title (English):Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik : a quarterly of language, literature and cultur
Subtitle (English):imagining urbanity in Contemporary India
Publisher:Königshausen & Neumann
Place of publication:Würzburg
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2013
Year of Completion:2013
Release Date:2017/03/26
First Page:59
Last Page:72
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Romanistik
Peer Review:Referiert
Notes extern:Zweitveröffentlichung in der Schriftenreihe Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe ; 109