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Udupa, Sahana ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3647-9570 (2011): Print communalism: The press and the non-Brahmin movement in early Mysore, 1900–30. In: Contributions to Indian Sociology, Vol. 44, No. 3: pp. 265-297

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The emergence of a modern public sphere is attributed, in part, to the expansion of the print media, with newspapers playing a key role in the formation of an ‘imagined community’, usually imagined as a national unity. However, the role of the press in the non-Brahmin movement in princely Mysore shows that rather than shaping the formation of a homogenous and expandable rational public, newspapers identified themselves with and promoted the causes of particular caste groups. This article examines the social and political conditions under which this distinct form of journalism evolved. By doing so, it engages with and extends the post-colonial critique of Habermas’ idea of the ‘public sphere’ and modern notions of civil society.

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