Media and Utopia: History, imagination and technology

1st Edition

Arvind Rajagopal, Anupama Rao

Routledge India
Published April 7, 2016
Reference - 354 Pages - 9 Color & 20 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138962644 - CAT# Y207438
Series: Critical Interventions in Theory and Praxis

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Summary

Collective political projects have become ephemeral and are subject to radical forms of erasure through cooptation, division, redefinition or intimidation in present times. Media and Utopia responds to the resulting crisis of the social by investigating the links between mediation and political imagination.

This volume addresses those utopian spaces historically constituted through media, and analyses the conditions that made them possible. Individual essays deal with non-Western histories of technopolitics through distinctive perspectives on how to conceive the relationship between social form, everyday life, and utopian possibility, and by examining a range of media formats and genres — from print, sound, and film to new media. With contributions from major scholars in the field, this book will be of interest to researchers and scholars of media studies, culture studies, sociology, modern South Asian history, and politics.

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