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Communication, Culture and Confrontation free pdf The third volume in the series, "Communication Processes" engages in understanding processes of communication in relation to cultural configurations and contending forces that permeate them. Moving away from the conceptual reduction of communication to the technological metaphors of 'tranportation' and 'transmission', the "Communication Processes Series" undertakes discourse involving multiple voices, bringing together academic and grassroot viewpoints. The present book explores another level of analysis in which forms, ways and media of communication appear in connection with the cultures of communicators and their audiences. This volume is positioned at the interface of culture and communication-exploring ways in which interaction, negotiations and even conflicts are voiced. It re-examines our conception of culture to show that communities cannot be divided into polarities such as 'elite and popular' or 'dominant and subaltern'-establishing that such clear divisions cannot exist in society. Culture is therefore perceived as a field of contending forces: a milieu of exchange, encounter, confrontation and possibly conflict. The volume argues that cultural configurations display themselves as evolutive forms of social communication, weaving human beings into collectives, and binding these collectives with one another, all permeated with the power parameter. It identifies seven different cultural forms such as rituals, narratives and songs and discusses 18 case studies to suggest a complex model of cultural communication. It also discusses popular culture as the site of struggle between forces of dominant and subordinate communities.

About Bernard Bel

Bernard Bel is a research engineer currently working at Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Universite de Provence, a speech research laboratory of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris. Earlier, he was a member of the Groupe Intelligence Artificielle, Marseille II University. Between 1994 and 1998, he was deputed to Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi, to carry on projects in musicology and sociocultural anthropology. He has published numerous articles on both subjects and is currently involved in social activism for an improvement of birth practices in French-speaking countries, both as the webmaster of the Naissance portal and the secretary of Alliance Francophone pour l'Accouchement Respecte http:/ / Jan Brouwer recently retired as Professor of Cultural Anthropology from the North-Eastern Hill University in Shillong. He is presently Professor of Anthropology at the University School of Design, University of Mysore and Honorary Director at the Centre for Advanced Research on Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CARIKS), Mysore. He has many published works to his credit and is currently working on the concept of autonomy and death as a social relation. Biswajit Das is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has over two decades of teaching experience and specialized research in communication studies, during which he was also a visiting fellow at the Universities of Windsor, Canada and Hawaii, USA. His research has been supported by various foundations and institutions in India and abroad such as Indo-French Scholarship, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies and the Charles Wallace Trust. Vibodh Parthasarathi, an independent communication theorist and policy consultant based in New Delhi, maintains an interest in the political economy of communication and comparative media practice. His work has gained support from the Charles Wallace India Trust, Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation, Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation, India Foundation for the Arts, and the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. He has also taught at government and private universities in India, besides dabbling in documentaries. 'Crosscurrents-A Fijian Travelogue', his last documentary, explored the many faces of 'reconciliation' after the decade of coups in the tiny Pacific nation. His current research includes tracing the history of the music industry in twentieth century India. Guy Poitevin (1934-2004) was born in Mayenne (France). After studying to become a priest and graduating in philosophy and theology, he taught for twelve years in a seminary in Western France. He settled in Pune in 1972 and later became a naturalized Indian citizen. Along with his wife Hema Rairkar, friends and associates, he set up the Village Community Development Association (VCDA, ttp:// in 1978 to support socio-cultural action in remote rural areas, and the Centre for Cooperative Research in Social Sciences (CCRSS, in 1980 for the purpose of carrying out theoretically related activities. Besides numerous articles, he has written several books in English and French, including translated works from Marathi.

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Author : Bernard Bel
Publisher : Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd
Data Published : 20 January 2010
ISBN : 8132102274
EAN : 9788132102274
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 504 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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