Shoveling Smoke: Advertising and Globalization in Contemporary India (Paperback)
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Shoveling Smoke: Advertising and Globalization in Contemporary India (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 05/08/2003
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A leading Bombay advertising agency justifies as traditionally Indian the highly eroticized images it produces to promote the KamaSutra condom brand. Another agency struggles to reconcile the global ambitions of a cellular-phone service provider with the ambivalently local connotations of the client's corporate brand. When the dream of the 250 million-strong "Indian middle class" goes sour, Indian advertising and marketing professionals search for new ways to market "the Indian consumer"-now with added cultural difference-to multinational clients.

An examination of the complex cultural politics of mass consumerism in a globalized marketplace, Shoveling Smoke is a pathbreaking and detailed ethnography of the contemporary Indian advertising industry. It is also a critical and innovative intervention into current theoretical debates on the intersection of consumerist globalization, aesthetic politics, and visual culture. William Mazzarella traces the rise in India during the 1980s of mass consumption as a self-consciously sensuous challenge to the austerities of state-led developmentalism. He shows how the decisive opening of Indian markets to foreign brands in the 1990s refigured established models of the relationship between the local and the global and, ironically, turned advertising professionals into custodians of cultural integrity.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822331452
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 235 x 149 x 19 mm


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"Shoveling Smoke is an extremely rich ethnography. One of the first anthropological studies of advertising in India, it is a truly pioneering piece of work."-Purnima Mankekar, author of Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India
"Theoretically ambitious and yet firmly grounded in the concrete, William Mazzarella's brilliantly imaginative ethnography of advertising and consumer practices in India ranks among the very best of globalization studies. Students of global forms of modernity will have much to learn from this book."-Dipesh Chakrabarty, author of Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies

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