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Policing the sensible in the era of YouTube: Urban villages and racialized subjects in Delhi, India

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel. 2018. Policing the sensible in the era of YouTube: Urban villages and racialized subjects in Delhi, India. TV and New Media, [Article] (Submitted)

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This short article argues for an attention to the ways in which prosumer video footage presumed to be destined for online social media circulation polices the sensible and, in turn, is policed because of its capacity to reveal the messy, turbulent politics of the everyday. I focus on one incident I had in an urban village in Delhi, India where I was questioned by a group of young men when I filmed a spontaneous mob scene on the street where the fate of African nationals residing in the village was debated. The young men assumed I was going to upload the footage onto YouTube and argued that I was going to cause harm if I did so. Their interest in policing my somewhat amateur audio-visual representations of the unfolding events in relationship to their potential digital circulation, I suggest, not only opens up the space for us to think through what comprises a politics of the sensible in millennial urban India but to think about the ethical and political conundrums facing ethnographers in their pursuit of the everyday

Item Type:

Article

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Dates:

DateEvent
October 2018Submitted

Item ID:

25121

Date Deposited:

27 Nov 2018 16:24

Last Modified:

27 Nov 2018 16:24

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/25121

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