Headlines From the Heartland: Reinventing the Hindi Public Sphere

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SAGE, May 8, 2007 - History - 308 pages
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Based on over 150 interviews with journalists, readers, publishers, politicians, administrators, and activists, as well as expert content analysis, this book tells the ongoing story of the press in the Hindi heartland. Against the backdrop of the relationship between press and society, author Sevanti Ninan describes the emergence of a local public sphere; reinvention of the public sphere by the new non-elite readership; the effect on politics, administration, and social activism; the consequences of making newspapers reader rather than editor-led; the democratization of the Hindi press with the advent of village-level citizen journalists; and the impact of caste and communalism on the Hindi press.
 

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Contents

List of Tables
8
List of Illustrations
9
Acknowledgements
11
Reinventing the Public Sphere
13
The Evolution and Growth of Hindi Journalism
33
A Rural Newspaper Revolution
65
Creating New Media Hubs
91
Local News Gatherers
113
Journalists and Politicians
204
Caste and Communalism
216
The Development Discourse
230
Reconfiguring the Public Sphere
246
Change and Attrition
260
EpilogueHabermas Revisited
290
References
298
Index
301

The Universe of Local News
143
Media and Commerce
185
About the Author
309
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