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AUK Research Affiliate Dr. Shoma Munshi Publishes New Book

13th Aug 2020 | by the Office of Public Affairs

AUK research affiliate Dr. Shoma Munshi has published a second edition of her book, titled Prime Time Soap Operas on Indian Television which examines the phenomenon of primetime soap operas on Indian television.  


The book is an anthropological insight into social issues and practices of contemporary India through the television,  this volume analyzes the production of soaps within India’s cultural fabric. It deconstructs themes and issues surrounding the "everyday" and the "middle class" through the fiction of the "popular".


In its second edition, this still remains the only book to examine primetime soap operas on Indian television. The book will be of interest to students of anthropology and sociology, media and cultural studies, visual culture studies, gender and family studies, and also Asian studies in general. It is also an important resource for media producers, both in content production and television channels, as well as for the general reader.


Click here to order a hardcopy of the book; digital versions of the book will be available soon.


Dr. Shoma Munshi is the author of Prime Time Soap Operas on Indian Television (Routledge, 2010); editor of Images of the ‘Modern Woman’ in Asia: Global Media, Local Meanings (Curzon 2001); and co-editor of Media, War and Terrorism: Responses from the Middle East and Asia (Routledge, 2004, 2006).  She also has several publications in refereed journals. 


Munshi earned her PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), in Paris, France; and her work experience encompasses the University of Delhi, University of Amsterdam, University of Pennsylvania, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New Delhi, India.

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