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The Politics of Cultural Practice
Thinking through Theatre in an Age of Globalization
Rustom Bharucha




Wesleyan
2000 • 203 pp. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Theater & Performing Arts / Asian Studies / Performance Studies

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6424-5

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“Bharucha’s well-written, thoughtful study . . . provides an insightful examination of the most pressing questions facing art and international society in the new millennium . . . an important... [continued in Reviews below]”—Choice

Explores the social and political dynamics of emergent cultural practices in the intersections of contemporary theatre and the world.

Is equitable global cultural exchange possible? Who determines this exchange and at whose expense? Can community and place survive the anonymity of the market and the patriarchy of the state? How can global practice provoke new modes of resistance in an age of globalization? The Politics of Cultural Practice defies the homogenizing and antidemocratic forces of globalization.

Refuting the notion that the West is everywhere, Rustom Bharucha draws on the emergent cultures of secular struggle in contemporary India to engage with the volatile global issues of intellectual property rights, cultural tourism, and the marking of minorities on the basis of religion, caste, language, gender, and sexuality. A dazzling analysis of life, politics, and art in our globalizing world, his book demonstrates the power of the intercultural imaginary to radically shape the 21st century.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Bharucha’s well-written, thoughtful study . . . provides an insightful examination of the most pressing questions facing art and international society in the new millennium . . . an important study of the complex intersections of culture in which Bharucha connects the dramatic traditions of East and West . . . a significant work.”—Choice

“A graceful and compelling study of how transnational and global forces operate. The postcolonial critique seems to emerge from the conditions, rather than to be imposed upon them. Bharucha’s unique mix of personal anecdote and critical theory makes the theory readable and the example important.”—Sue-Ellen Case, University of California, Davis

“Bharucha’s critique of fundamentalism and globalisation employs theatre as the laboratory of inter- and intra-cultural practice. [It] highlights shifting alliances, roles, scenarios, and values—in India, in the Third World, and in the very neighbourhood of each of us, the readers . . . A passionate affirmation of the values of interculturalism and secularism.”—Dragan Klaic, Director, Netherlands Theatre Institute

Awards/Recognition:

CHOICE “Outstanding Academic Title” (2001) Commendation


RUSTOM BHARUCHA is an independent writer, director, and dramaturge based in Calcutta. His books include In the Name of the Secular (1998) and Theatre and the World (1993).



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