"Four Emblematic Figures in the Making of a 'New India' "

Tuesday Seminar Spring/Summer 2011

  • Date: May 17, 2011
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Aninhalli Vasavi
  • Aninhalli Rame Vasavi is a Social Anthropologist with an interest in the areas of sociology of India, agrarian studies, sociology of education, and integrated studies. She has engaged in field-based research over the past decade and a half.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room
"Four Emblematic Figures in the Making of a 'New India' "

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In the articulations between a fast globalising urban economy and a residual but eroded agricultural economy are trends and conditions in which lives, rights, identities, and institutions are being reformulated in the ‘new India’. Such trends and their significance can be represented by four emblematic figures ; the agriculturist, the Information Technology professional, the school teacher and the child, to indicate the different ways in which new boundaries, affiliations and orientations are being forged between different groups of people and between them and the nation state. Drawing on data, discourses, and representations (from field research, review of policies, programmes and analyses of popular media and wider literature) from 1998 onwards, this study will call attention to the multiple ways in which local (regional, community-based), national and global agendas foster new identities, subjectivities, socialities, collectivities and alterities. These sutured realities of the ‘new India’ have implications for the ways and strategies through which the lives of a range of people are being reformulated.

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