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The Future of Bangalore's Cosmopolitan Pasts : Civility and Difference in a Global City

Author: Andrew C Willford
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bangalore is often heralded as India's future--a city where global technologies converge with multinational capital to produce a cosmopolitan workforce and vibrant economic growth. In this narrative the city's main challenge revolves around its success: whether its physical infrastructure can support its burgeoning population. Most observers assume that Bangalore's emergence as a "global city" represents its more  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew C Willford
ISBN: 0824875435 9780824875435
OCLC Number: 1078913113
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource : 8 b&w illustrations
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
Chapter 1. Introduction: Identity in the Modern, Postcolonial World --
Chapter 2. Bangalore in History: Empires, States, and Borderlands --
Chapter 3. Rajkumar's Abduction and a Dispute over Water --
Chapter 4. The Kannada Movement and Tamil Revival --
Chapter 5. "What? Legitimacy? Just Use Vivekananda in the Name of the Movement" --
Chapter 6. Local Pluralisms: Domlur, Ulsoor, Malleswaram, and Melkote --
Chapter 7. Statue Politics: Political Darshan and Urban Space --
Chapter 8. The Psychiatric Troubling of Identity --
Conclusion: The Kumaraswami Festival and Civility --
Glossary and Abbreviations --
Notes --
References --
Index
Responsibility: Andrew C. Willford.

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Bangalore is often heralded as India's future--a city where global technologies converge with multinational capital to produce a cosmopolitan workforce and vibrant economic growth. In this narrative the city's main challenge revolves around its success: whether its physical infrastructure can support its burgeoning population. Most observers assume that Bangalore's emergence as a "global city" represents its more complete integration into the world economy and, by extension, a more inclusive and cosmopolitan outlook among its growing middle class.Andrew C. Willford sheds light on a growing paradox: even as Bangalore has come to signify "progress" and economic possibility both within India and to the outside world, movements to make the city more monocultural and monolinguistic have gained prominence. Bangalore is the capital of the state of Karnataka, its borders linguistically redrawn by the postcolonial Indian state in 1956. In the decades that followed, organizations and leaders emerged to promote linguistic nationalism aimed at protecting the fragile unity of Kannadiga culture and literature against the twin threats of globalization and internal migration. Ironically, they support parochial cultural policies that impose a cultural and linguistic unity upon an area that historically stood at the crossroads of empires, trade routes, language practices, devotional literatures, and pilgrimage routes. Willford's analysis, which focuses on the minority experience of Bangalore's sizeable Tamil-speaking community, shows how the same forces of globalization that create growth and prosperity also foster uncertainty and tension around religion and language that completely contradict the region's long history of cosmopolitanism.Exploring this paradox in Bangalore's entangled and complex linguistic and cultural pasts serves as a useful case study for understanding the forces behind cultural and ethnic revivalism in the contemporary postcolonial world. Buttressed by field research conducted over a twenty-two-year period (1992-2015), Willford shows how the past is a living resource for the negotiation of identity in the present. Against the gloom of increasingly communal conflicts, he finds that Bangalore still retains a fabric of civility against the modern markings of cultural difference.

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