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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 In the past two decades or so, this ruralist paradigm has been effectively superseded by a metropolitan imaginary in which the modern, globalised megacity increasingly functions as representative of India as a whole.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
Parent Title (German):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe
Subtitle (English):Imagining Urbanity in Contemporary India
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe (109)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of first Publication:2016/08/02
Year of Completion:2013
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2016/08/02
Source:Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 61 (2013), 1, S. 59–72 DOI 10.1515/zaa.2013.61.1.59
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 82 Englische, altenglische Literaturen / 820 Englische, altenglische Literaturen
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Notes extern:Bibliographieeintrag der Originalveröffentlichung/Quelle