Screening Culture, Viewing Politics2001 Honorable Mention

Screening Culture, Viewing Politics

An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood and Nation in Post-Colonial India

by Purnima Mankekar

In Screening Culture, Viewing Politics Purnima Mankekar presents a cutting-edge ethnography of television-viewing in India. With a focus on the responses of upwardly-mobile, yet lower-to-middle class urban women to state-sponsored entertainment serials, Mankekar demonstrates how television in India has profoundly shaped women’s place in the family, community, and nation, and the crucial role it has played in the realignment of class, caste, consumption, religion, and politics.