Looking for an examination copy?
If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact email@example.com providing details of the course you are teaching.
In the decades following India's opening to foreign capital, the city of Bangalore emerged, quite unexpectedly, as the outsourcing hub for the global technology industry and the aspirational global city of liberalizing India. Through an ethnography of English and Kannada print news media in Bangalore, this ambitious and innovative new study reveals how the expanding private news culture played a critical role in shaping urban transformation in India, when the allegedly public profession of journalism became both an object and agent of global urbanization. Building on extensive fieldwork carried out with the Times of India group, the largest media house in India, between 2008 and 2012, Sahana Udupa argues that the class project of the 'global city' news discourse came into striking conflict with the cultural logics of regional language and caste practices. Advancing new theoretical concepts, Making News in Global India takes arguments in media scholarship beyond the dichotomy of public good and private accumulation.Read more
- Surveys the role of urban transformation, caste and language in shaping India's contemporary news culture
- Draws on extensive fieldwork conducted with the Times of India group, the largest media house in India, between 2008 and 2012
- Analyses the intersection between urban transformation and news production in a postcolonial setting
Reviews & endorsements
"Sahana Udupa's Making News in Global India ranks among the most important theoretical and ethnographic studies of news media in South Asia to be published in recent years. She argues convincingly that our assumptions about publicity and privacy, vernacular and standard, local and global need to be rethought in order to fully understand the operations of news media in India's 'world-class' cities."
Dominic Boyer, Rice UniversitySee more reviews
"Sahana Udupa has written a groundbreaking, lively, and important media ethnography exploring the worlds of print journalists and journalism in Bangalore, showing how their work is inseparable from India's rapid urbanization, and transforming logics of region, caste, class and language."
Faye Ginsburg, New York University
"Sahana Udupa's lively and perceptive ethnography of English and Kannada news production in Bangalore goes beyond the usual antitheses of local and global to show the emergence of new pathways of social change, and new sites and styles of cultural resistance. An important contribution to the literature on the contemporary dynamics of cultural globalization in India."
Arvind Rajagopal, New York University
"What role does Bangalore's private news culture play in shaping the southern Indian metropolis' ongoing urban transformation? Sahana Udupa's new book answers this question through a fascinating and fine grained ethnography of the city's bilingual news media. Exploring differences amongst the English language and local language press, class-based civic activism, novelties in newsroom practices and layers of journalistic identities, the book shows the ways in which a certain type of aspiration that has come to characterize some news outlets, conflicts and contends with the visibility of local urban cultures and the struggle for dominance amongst different actors in the news field."
Ian Cook, New Books Network (newbooksnetwork.com)
'As an exemplar of a riveting ethnographic enquiry about a city’s transformed newspaper scene and its conflicted and collaborative relationships with modernity, Udupa’s book stands alongside other similarly engrossing accounts of the fascinating complexity of the Indian newspaper landscape. The book adds to an increasing field of knowledge that has sought to theorize the Indian media by building upon preexisting conceptual tools and adding new ones to them. In doing so, Making News in Global India opens up key new avenues for scholars similarly interested in capturing the cultural, political, and historical vectors that make the Indian media scene unique.' Sangeet Kumar, Communication, Culture and Critique
'It is on rare occasions that one comes across a study that is both theoretically sophisticated and deeply grounded in the localities of news production … the study offers a compelling perspective on the ways in which news production is being shaped not just by the variegated compulsions of globalising India but also by the force of changing tradition, national politics, flows of ideas within news rooms and personnel within a highly competitive news environment.' Pradip Ninan Thomas, Media International Australia
'Udupa does a commendable job of weaving together the politics of the social locations of the journalists with their work culture.' Sudeshna Devi, International Social Science Review
'This nuanced and well-argued book has the added advantage of straddling English and vernacular worlds, allowing Udupa to intervene significantly in how we understand the dynamics of interaction between the language of empire and globalisation and the realm the author terms ‘bhasha’ media. … This book must be read not only by all of those interested in the continuing importance of printed news in a world increasingly defined by digitalisation, but also by anyone concerned with the future of cities as zones of public discourse and conflict. As part of a broader shift in anthropology to consider mass mediation beyond reductionist accounts of technical networks, Udupa’s book has also made a significant contribution to our understanding of globalising cities and the political public sphere itself.' Francis Cody, Contributions to Indian Sociology
'In this book, Sahana Udupa develops a rich and complex analysis of the news media of Bangalore in the context of urban neo-liberal transformation. … her impressive ethnography reaches beyond media anthropology to inform recent scholarly interest in the spaces and discourses of post-colonial cities …' Jennifer Hasty, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- Date Published: February 2018
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107492134
- length: 292 pages
- dimensions: 230 x 153 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.45kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: the twin mediations
1. Regimes of desire
2. Democracy by default
3. The difference machine: market and field logics of news production
4. Kannada Jāgate: sounds and silences of the Bhasha media
5. 'Journalists are pimps': a triangulated axis of caste, language and politics
Welcome to the resources site
Here you will find free-of-charge online materials to accompany this book. The range of materials we provide across our academic and higher education titles are an integral part of the book package whether you are a student, instructor, researcher or professional.
Find resources associated with this titleYour search for '' returned .
Type Name Unlocked * Format Size
*This title has one or more locked files and access is given only to instructors adopting the textbook for their class. We need to enforce this strictly so that solutions are not made available to students. To gain access to locked resources you either need first to sign in or register for an account.
These resources are provided free of charge by Cambridge University Press with permission of the author of the corresponding work, but are subject to copyright. You are permitted to view, print and download these resources for your own personal use only, provided any copyright lines on the resources are not removed or altered in any way. Any other use, including but not limited to distribution of the resources in modified form, or via electronic or other media, is strictly prohibited unless you have permission from the author of the corresponding work and provided you give appropriate acknowledgement of the source.
If you are having problems accessing these resources please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry, this resource is locked
Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email email@example.comRegister Sign in
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×