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Social spaces and the public sphere, a spatial-history of modernity in Kerala, S. Harikrishnan

Social spaces and the public sphere, a spatial-history of modernity in Kerala, S. Harikrishnan
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Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Social spaces and the public sphere
Nature of contents
Responsibility statement
S. Harikrishnan
Sub title
a spatial-history of modernity in Kerala
"What can social spaces tell us about social relations in society? How do everyday social spaces like teashops, reading rooms and libraries reify-or subvert-dominant social structures like caste and gender? These are the questions that this book explores through a study of modern Kerala. Using archival material, discourse analysis, participant observation and personal interviews, this book traces the transformation of public spaces through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The volume focuses on how 'modernity' has also been a struggle for access to public spaces, and non-institutional spaces like teashops, markets, public roads, temple grounds, reading-rooms and libraries have all been crucial to how political culture was shaped, and how dominant hegemonies-caste, class or capital-have been challenged. It suggests that the secular public sphere that emerged in the last century in Kerala was a result of the constant negotiations between conflicting ideas which were put to test in these social spaces. At a time when digital spaces are fast replacing physical ones, this book is a timely reminder of the struggles that led to the emergence of secular public spaces in Kerala. It contributes to similar studies on public space that have emerged from other parts of the world over the last decades. A major contribution to understanding modern India, this book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of social history, political science, political sociology, gender studies, linguistics, and South Asian studies"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half Title -- Endosement -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Foreword -- Preface and Acknowledgements -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Studying Space: Public Sphere and the Social Space -- 3 Making "Public": Spatiality in Pre-modern to Early Modern Kerala -- 4 Moving "Out": Nationalism, Socialism, and New Social Spaces -- 5 State, Capital, and the Struggle for Control -- 6 Capitalism, Communalism, and Social Spaces -- 7 Spatial Contests: Hegemony and Resistance -- Index

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