By Smriti Srinivas
City reports/ faith A wealthy research of what this Indian urban can let us know concerning the intersections of faith, civic existence, and international transformation. validated in the course of the 16th century, Bangalore has turn into in our day a middle for high-technology examine and construction, the hot "Silicon Valley" of India, with a metropolitan inhabitants impending six million. it's also the location of the very hot annual functionality referred to as the "Karaga" devoted to Draupadi, the polyandrous spouse of the heroes of the pan-Indian epic of the Mahabharata. via her research of this functionality and its value for the feel of the civic in Bangalore, Smitri Srinivas exhibits how structures of locality and globality emerge from present cultural milieus and the way articulations of the city are modes of cultural self-invention tied to ancient, spatial, somatic, and formality practices. The publication hightlights cultural practices embedded in urbanization, and strikes past economistic arguments approximately globalization or their reliance at the eu polis or the yankee city as versions. Drawing from city experiences, sociology, anthropology, functionality reports, faith, and heritage, Srinivas's paintings drastically expands our realizing of the way the civic is developed. Smriti Srinivas is assistant professor of comparative and cultural stories of faith at Ohio kingdom collage.
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