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What Has Economics Got to Do With It? Cultures of Consumption in Global Markets

Within the aegis of cultures going global, this paper explores two interrelated questions. How does economics matter to the global spread of culture? How does the culture of a particular commodity shape the economics of it? This paper probes the channels for the global spread of material culture and argues that the underlying forces are as much economic as they are cultural. It is about the role that economists have in cultural studies, considering that economic frameworks can either bar or facilitate the movement of consumption cultures.

Romancing Material Culture in Urban Public Spaces

India, since the 1990s, has witnessed a strong urban-centric pattern of high growth. Urban India is, however, not just about economic change. The social and cultural aspects of economic growth, though subtle and difficult to capture, are an integral part of this process. This paper attempts to explore the changing dynamics of an urban Indian environment in conjunction with material culture as observed in public spaces. It focuses on the complexities of economic and socio-cultural processes that indicate or lead to a culture centred on consumption. The paper discusses the results of a survey conducted in 2003 on Valentine-s Day in Pune, providing evidence of the emergence of material culture. It explores the issues of acceptance and incorporation of an imported celebration like Valentineâ??s Day, and discusses the evolving consumption patterns.

GATS and Higher Education

This paper reviews the different proposals put forth by nations under the General Agreement on Trade in Services in the context of their comparative advantages within the field of higher education. It analyses the nature of comparative advantages among nations pertaining to different modes and articles specified in the GATS text. The authors argue that nations that have a distinct comparative advantage in a particular area within education insist, via the proposals they put forth in that area, on liberalisation of that area first. This is leading to a certain sequencing of the articles negotiated that is likely to alter the implications of the entire trade agreement.

Human Development Index of Maharashtra

From these indicators, is one supposed to presume that the level of human Human Development development in terms of per capita, life expectancy and literacy of Mumbai is either at par or higher than that achieved Index of Maharashtra A Reality Check ROHINI SAHNI, SHILPA VISWANATH This is with regard to the article,

GATS and Higher Education

This paper discusses the present system of higher education and attempts to find the possible implications for India in being a signatory to GATS. It analyses the broad structure of GATS and concentrates on some of its articles. Since the agreement is diverse, there are intrinsic pressures for pushing negotiations of 'interest groups'. In the absence of a coherent education policy, the effects of opening up could lead to a distorted function of education in our society.


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