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Remaking the Citizen for New Times - History, Pedagogy and the Amar Chitra Katha

English · Hardback

Will be released 01.05.2024


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An accessible cultural and literary critique of the right wing in India.   How does orthodoxy maintain its power over culture? In Remaking the Citizen for New Times, Deepa Sreenivas explores how the Amar Chitra Katha, a widely read comic series started in 1967 in India, influenced the historical and national consciousness of young readers in a conservative direction. Tacitly blaming Nehruvian welfarism of the time for the moral decline of the nation, the Amar Chitra Katha emerged as a literary articulation of the Indian right‿s Hindu-nationalist ideology in a modern, bourgeois guise. To renew Hindutva hegemony, the comic series gave orthodox ideas a new sheen, both in its form and content, merging Western comic styles with Indian visual storytelling traditions on the one hand, and combining mythological characters with political figureheads into harmonious narratives on the other‿making it difficult to sift history from myths and legends. Sreenivas deftly argues that these mythological-political tales emphasized the instructive rather than the informative potential of history, encouraging neoliberal values such as merit and hard work while ignoring caste or class as systemic issues.  

About the author

Deepa Sreenivas is professor at the Centre for Women's Studies, University of Hyderabad, in India. She is the author of Sculpting a Middle Class and a contributor to Towards a World of Equals and A World of Equals.

Product details

Authors Deepa Sreenivas
Publisher Lingenbrink Georg
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Release 01.05.2024
EAN 9781803092874
ISBN 978-1-80309-287-4
No. of pages 80
Series History for Peace
Subjects Guides
Non-fiction book > History > Miscellaneous
Social sciences, law, business > Political science > Political science and political education

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