Spirited publics? Post-secularism, enchantment and enterprise on Indian television

  • Author(s): Lewis
  • When: 2016-05
  • Where: Contemporary Publics: Shifting Boundaries in New Media, Technology and Culture
  • In this chapter I use religious and spiritual television, a genre that many households in India engage with on a daily basis, as a way of thinking through some broader concerns around the role of everyday modes of televisual publicity, civility, and citizenship. The aim here is to broaden conventional communicative conceptions of publics to not only to embrace the affective, embodied, and non-symbolic dimensions of media modernities but also to accommodate a non-secular or more correctly a post-secular conception of contemporary publics, one which embraces the spirit world, soothsayers, and other enchanted systems of knowledge, belief, and practices.

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