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Transformation of the Public Sphere, Hashtag Movements, and Mobilisation in a Mediatised Polity

Social Movements, Media and Civil Society in Contemporary India: Historical Trajectories of Public Protest and Political Mobilisation (Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements, e-book) by Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha, Manas Dutta, Tirthankar Ghosh, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022; pp xiii+203, e-book $89.

Social movements not only in India but all over the world have been the subject of intense scrutiny and research and tremendous changes have occurred in the manner in which protests are now mobilised and conceptualised. This book focuses on contemporary movements in the mediatised landscape of the 21st century in India post 2014, using what the authors describe as historical hermeneutics. The book intends to capture this momentary climate of cultural and political transformation in New India which we believe has changed Indian political behaviour (p 28). It seeks to address a gap in research on this new dimension and the change in the cultural and public sphere.

The authors argue that a combination of social media and outrage transformed the public space in India and locate the protests against a continuum of public protest over centuries since ancient times (pp 2829). They claim that

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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