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Udupa, Sahana ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3647-9570 (2012): Desire and democratic visibility: news media’s twin avatar in urban India. In: Media, Culture & Society, Vol. 34, No. 7: pp. 880-897

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Drawing on empirical explorations of rapid media expansion and urban transformation in India, this article builds a theoretical model of desire–visibility disjunction which seeks to overcome the limitations of a public–private division running through journalism literature. This framework, I suggest, could advance media theory by drawing attention to recent urban transformation, globalization and the specificities of news cultures in urban India. Insofar as urban economies are woven into the global networks of production and consumption in the latest phase of transnational capitalism, the desire–visibility framework built in relation to the Indian media could hold wider theoretical purchase for exploring the interface between journalism and the transforming urban landscapes of postcolonial societies.

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