Refashioning India: Gender, Media, and a Transformed Public Discourse
Maitrayee Chaudhuri
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In 1991, the Indian state’s new economic policies led to a greater role of the market. A public discourse that had till then been defined by self-reliance, equity and austerity had to be refashioned. The Indian middle class learnt that ‘thrift’ was not a virtue, and ‘shopping was legitimate pleasure’.

This period witnessed other significant developments: the rise of Hindutva; assertion of marginalised castes; and increasing institutionalisation of feminism. The book details how consumerism, combined with ideas of individualism, empowerment and choice in a contemporary public culture, paved the way for an instant, feel-good, and then aggressive nationalism.

Refashioning India maps this process through a compilation of the author’s works, written at different points in time from the early 1990s, through the next two decades up to mid-2017.

The chapters offer detailed studies of advertisements; everyday details in the English-language print media; the communicative abundance of television; the dangers of instant access and unequal ignorance; and the dynamics of a transformed public sphere.

Refashioning India provides a chronicle of contemporary India, written by an author who is as much a participant member as an observer of everyday life in a changing India.

Maitrayee Chaudhuri is Professor of Sociology, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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Chapter 1     Introduction

Chapter 2     Citizens, Workers, Emblems of Culture: An Analysis of the First Plan Document on Women

Chapter 3     Gender in the Making of the Indian Nation-State

Chapter 4     Gender and Advertisements: The Rhetoric of Globalisation

Chapter 5     ‘Feminism’ in Print Media

Chapter 6     A Question of Choice: Advertisements, Media, and Democracy

Chapter 7     The Family and its Representation: From Indology to Market Research

Chapter 8     Nationalism is not What it Used to be: Can Feminism be any Different?

Chapter 9     The Indian Media and its Transformed Public

Chapter 10   Gender, Media, and Popular Culture in a Global India

Chapter 11   National and Global Media Discourse after ‘Nirbhaya’: Instant Access and Unequal Knowledge

Chapter 12   The 2014 General Elections and Afterwards: A Churning Public Discourse and the New Hegemony


Release Date : 02-Feb-2018 Venue : India International Centre, New Delhi
1. Book review | Published in Doing Sociology, 20 March 2023.
2. Exclusion and Representation in the Media Discourse | Published in Social Change, Vol 51, Issue 4, December 2021.
3. Review of the title | Published in The Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 22 February 2021.
4. Review of the title | Published in the Studies in South Asian Film and Media, February 2021.
5. Media, Gender and the Neo-liberal Indian State | Economic & Political Weekly, 22 Feb 2020.
6. India, Through Her Eyes | The New Indian Express, Chennai, 1 July 2019
7. Lens Refocused | The Telegraph, Kolkata, 19 January 2018
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