The Rumor of Globalization: Desecrating the Global from Vernacular Margins
by Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay (9780231702928)

The Rumor of Globalization: Desecrating the Global from Vernacular Margins
 
Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay
Release Date: 15 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Category: India
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231702928
ISBN-10: 0231702922



Drawing on recent theories in virtuality, performativity, and governmentality studies, while incorporating the insights of postcolonial activist scholarship of the global South, this book radically renegotiates the idea of the global and the local within an Indian vernacular context. Six provocative chapters weigh the significance of events, objects, histories, and episodes, interrogating what Frantz Fanon called the "zone of occult instability where the people dwell." They examine the quotidian commodity fetishism practiced by rural cargo cults, which find themselves easily swayed by the rumors of the bazaar, such as the widely held belief that China dumps waste in communist Calcutta. Chapters consider desi cyberporn and its strange obsession with the figure of Gandhi and "fat aunties"; Indo-Persian travelogues of journeys throughout England and women's travel narratives of a modernizing Japan, all embodying local traditions of cosmopolitanism; folk scroll paintings of 9/11; and the vernacular civic traditions of urbanism embedded in the grotty photographs of slums. Ultimately, this book deploys fabulation, a distinct ethnography highly sensitive to subaltern political aspirations, to study vernacular India's encounter with outsized globalizing forces. Throughout, the work maintains a broad commitment to Marxist theory, subaltern studies scholarship, and poststructuralist theory.

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