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Masculinity Studies and Feminism

Masculinity studies emerges from a conversation with feminism rather than either political activism that equates to feminist endeavours or reaction against the historical experience of oppression. But can men as social beings take part in a "conversation" that seeks to dismantle their social selves?

Walking in the City

The Indian sense of privacy is mediated through personal friendships and kin networks, in contrast to the exaggerated politeness of the West.

In Defence of Doordarshan

Public broadcasting is ironically now shining the beacon on reasoned debate in the media.

A Hijra, a Female Pradhan and a Real Estate Dealer: Between the Market, the State and 'Community'

The history of 20th century Delhi is an intertwined history of the city and the slum. Investigating strategies of being and belonging deployed by the urban poor in the Delhi basti of Nangla Matchi, which was demolished in 2006, this paper explores three varied individual biographies as sites of meanings regarding processes of the state, the unstable contexts of livelihoods, and histories of intra-national displacement. The paper also seeks to make an ethnographic contribution to studies of the urban margins by examining the overlapping careers of "margin" and "centre" as cultural, political and economic contexts. The life-stories described in this paper thus concern the ways in which the metropolises of power, comfort, pleasure, and hygiene are built over and through the provinces of powerlessness, pain, suffering and displacement.

Urban Spaces, Disney-Divinity and Moral Middle Classes in Delhi

A presentation of an ethnography of the relationship between urban spaces, new cultures of consumption, the state, and the making of middle class identities in India. Firstly, the discussion explores the making of new urban spaces by focusing upon the Akshardham Temple complex on the banks of the Yamuna river in Delhi. Surrounded by a network of flyovers, highways, toll-ways, and residential developments, the complex is designed as a hi-tech religious and nationalist theme park. The Delhi government-sponsored bhagidari (sharing) scheme that brings together representatives of the Residents' Welfare Associations, Market Traders Associations, and key government officials at periodically organised workshops forms the second site of focus.

Voice, Gender and Space in Time of Five-Year Plans

This article explores Lata Mangeshkar's artistry in order to investigate the processes through which her voice and singing style became the ideal of Indian performative femininity. The discussion examines the stabilisation of gender identities through a number of elements of Indian modernity including nationalism, Hindu identity, the 'woman question', representations of space and also, the cultural meanings of the five-year plans.

Modernity and Post-Coloniality-The Metropolis as Metaphor

Modernity and Post-Coloniality The Metropolis as Metaphor Sanjay Srivastava Founded in 1935 and supported by a wide cross-section of Indian society, the Doon School has produced a very specific discourse on modernity anil citizenship, a discourse which has had wide currency in the (metropolitan) public sphere in India. The article suggests that the metropolis itself has functioned as a metaphor at the school and in Indian national discourse in general. The discussion explores the cultural, political and gender aspects of the metropolitan metaphor in the 'nation-building' discourse of the school Roads, Rubble, and Sites of Modernity THIS paper constitutes a pari of my wider interest in constructions of post -colonial civil society in India. The research locus of this study is a residential boys' school in the North Indian city of Dehradun in Uitar Pradesh. The moving spirit behind the foundation of the Doon School, established in 1935, was Satish Ranjan Das, Law member of the Viceroy's Executive Council, sometime treasurer of the Boy Scouts of Bengal and the Lodge of Good Fellowship, and a prominent member of the reformist' Brabmo Samaj in Bengal. I treat the School as a historically significant site for the production of a discourse on modernity and citizenship, and for the formulation and dissemination of the politico-cultural desideratum of the post-colonial nation- state ' The Doon School was to be the site where, as S R Das wrote to one ol his sons in 1927, "the problem of the nationality of Indians" would find its resolution, a place where they would learn to be citizens, and learn to come to grips with the demands of modernity.
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