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2005-2006 Fellows

Purnima Mankekar

Stanford University
Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology

Purnima Mankekar joined the Anthropology Department's program in Comparative Cultural Studies in the Spring of 1994.  Based on research among viewers whose interpretations of television serials is contextually analyzed, Professor Mankekar's work has stimulated some of the most exciting new questions about popular culture and nationalism emerging out of British cultural studies.  She is the author of Screening Culture, Viewing Politics : An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India (Duke, 1999).  She now examines the production of South Asian American public cultures.  Her next project focuses on transnational flows within the Third World. 

Project Summary

Mankekar’s proposed book, Transnational Public Cultures, Gender and the Reconfiguration of Belonging, explores how transnational public cultures, as manifestations of globalization, affect the social relationships, everyday practices, imaginations, and desires of men and women at two nodes in a global circuit of images, texts, and commodities: New Dehli, India, and the San Francisco Bay Area.  Mankekar draws upon a repertoire of interdisciplinary methodologies such as narrative analyses, oral histories, video recordings of public events, and the textual analyses of media representations that go beyond the conventional ethnographic practices of participant-observation and interviews.