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Landscapes of urban memory : the sacred and the civic in India's high-tech city

Author: Smriti Srinivas
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2001.
Series: Globalization and community.
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"Established in the middle of the sixteenth century, Bangalore has become in our day a center for high-technology research and production, the new "Silicon Valley" of India, with a metropolitan population approaching six million. It is also the site of the very popular annual performance called the 'Karaga' dedicated to Draupadi, the polyandrous wife of the heroes of the pan-Indian epic of the Mahabharata. Through  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Smriti Srinivas
ISBN: 081663615X 9780816636150 0816636168 9780816636167
OCLC Number: 46353272
Description: xxviii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
1. Civic Rituals in the New 'Silicon Valley' --
2. Models of the Garden City --
3. The Urban Performative Complex --
4. The Children of Fire --
5. The Primal Goddess, the Polyandrous Spouse, and Celibate Warriors --
6. Cities and Forests --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Globalization and community.
Other Titles: Sacred and the civic in India's high-tech city
Responsibility: Smriti Srinivas.

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"Established in the middle of the sixteenth century, Bangalore has become in our day a center for high-technology research and production, the new "Silicon Valley" of India, with a metropolitan population approaching six million. It is also the site of the very popular annual performance called the 'Karaga' dedicated to Draupadi, the polyandrous wife of the heroes of the pan-Indian epic of the Mahabharata. Through her analysis of this performance and its significance for the sense of the civic in Bangalore, Smitri Srinivas shows how constructions of locality and globality emerge from existing cultural milieus and how articulations of the urban are modes of cultural self-invention tied to historical, spatial, somatic, and ritual practices. The book hightlights cultural practices embedded in urbanization, and moves beyond economistic arguments about globalization or their reliance on the European polis or the American metropolis as models. Drawing from urban studies, sociology, anthropology, performance studies, religion, and history, Srinivas's work greatly expands our understanding of how the civic is constructed."--Book cover.

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