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  • Censorship in South Asia: Cultural Regulation from Sedition to Seduction
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  • Edited by Raminder Kaur and William Mazzarella
  • 2009
  • Published by: Indiana University Press
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Censorship in South Asia offers an expansive and comparative exploration of cultural regulation in contemporary and colonial South Asia. These provocative essays by leading scholars broaden our understanding of what censorship might mean -- beyond the simple restriction and silencing of public communication -- by considering censorship's productive potential and its intimate relation to its apparent opposite, "publicity." The contributors investigate a wide range of public cultural phenomena, from the cinema to advertising, from street politics to political communication, and from the adjudication of blasphemy to the management of obscenity.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. 1. Between Sedition and Seduction: Thinking Censorship in South Asia
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. 2. Iatrogenic Religion and Politics
  2. pp. 29-62
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  1. 3. Making Sense of the Cinema in Late Colonial India
  2. pp. 63-86
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  1. 4. The Limits of Decency and the Decency of Limits: Censorship and the Bombay Film Industry
  2. pp. 87-122
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  1. 5. Anxiety, Failure, and Censorship in Indian Advertising
  2. pp. 123-139
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  1. 6. Nuclear Revelations
  2. pp. 140-171
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  1. 7. Specters of Macaulay: Blasphemy, the Indian Penal Code, and Pakistan’s Postcolonial Predicament
  2. pp. 172-205
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  1. 8. After the Massacre: Secrecy, Disbelief, and the Public Sphere in Nepal
  2. pp. 206-234
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 235-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-243
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