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The Politics of Cultural Practice - Thinking through Theatre in an Age of Globalization
The Politics of Cultural Practice - Thinking through Theatre in an Age of Globalization

The Politics of Cultural Practice - Thinking through Theatre in an Age of Globalization

by Rustom Bharucha

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Language

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

0195666216 - Year: 2000 - Pages: 258

Binding

Paperback

Rustom Bharucha

Author: Rustom Bharucha
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2000
Language: English
Pages: 258
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195666216

Description

This engrossing and vibrant critique of globalization is essential reading for specialists in cultural and performance studies, gender and minority issues. It is equally valuable for non-specialists interested in knowing more about the impact of globalization on the actual practice of culture today, and ways of resisting it at grass-root levels.

The Politics of Cultural Practice defies the homogenizing and anti-democratic tendencies of globalization. Drawing on the secular struggle of contemporary India, Bharucha casts his analytical gaze far and wide to include a spectrum of cultural forms ranging from the folk tradition of Chhau to an impersonation of Michael Jackson in Manipur, from Deepa Mehta’s Fire to the Politics of Cultural Practice defies the homogenizing and anti-democratic tendencies of globalization.

Drawing on the secular struggle of contemporary India, Bharucha casts his analytical gaze far and wide to include a spectrum of cultural forms ranging from the folk tradition of Chhau to an impersonation of Michael Jackson in Manipur, from Deepa Mehta’s Fire to the Miss World Beauty Pageant.

Intersecting the global with the local, he calls attention to the marking of minorities in India on the basis of religion, caste, language, gender, and sexuality, against a global backdrop of multicultural politics, racism, cultural tourism, and intellectual property rights.


What is the state of culture in an age of globalization? Is equitable intercultural exchange possible? Who determines the modes and routes of this exchange and at whose expense? Can community and place survive the anonymity of the market and the patriarchy of the State? How can the seemingly marginal practice of theatre oppose the monopoly of the media?

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:

An approach which is objective without being impersonal, which hopes to record what is going on without shedding a normative orientation, has now become a hallmark of Rustom Bharucha’s very refreshing and stimulating enquiries into the troubling but inescapable issues of our times.

-Rajeev Bhargava, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and editor of Multiculturalism, Liberalism and Democracy (OUP)

The Politics of Cultural Practice is an exhilarating exploration of the peculiarities of Indian culture by one of India’s most profound and insightful cultural commentators. The analysis of communalism, multiculturalism, Indian theatre and cinema, and Indian cultural politics and activism presented here is simply unrivalled.
-Ziauddin Sardar, Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies, The City University of New York.

A graceful and compelling study of how transnational and global forces operate. Bharucha’s unique mix of personal anecdote and critical theory makes the theory readable and the example important.

-Sue-Ellen Case, Chair, Department of Theater and Dance, University of California at Davis

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