Unclean, Unseen: Social Media, Civic Action and Urban Hygiene in India

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    Abstract

    Successive Indian governments have attempted to tackle the formidable task of creating a clean India, with varied results. With the country's rapidly growing middle class eager to participate in a sanitised global consumer capitalism, many Indians are becoming frustrated with the 'unruly' nature of their urban landscape, its dirty streets and public spaces. This is particularly discernible amongst India's middle-class youth, who seem impatient with the state's apparent inability to manage waste and disorder, and it is clear that several civil society campaigns designed to promote a clean India explicitly target Indian youth. In this paper, I explore what the ideological premise of cleansing initiatives reveals about the aspirations, needs and anxieties of India's youth.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)715-739
    JournalSouth Asia-Journal of South Asia Studies
    Volume39
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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