Testing Concepts about Print, Newspapers, and Politics: Kerala, India, 1800–2009

  title={Testing Concepts about Print, Newspapers, and Politics: Kerala, India, 1800–2009},
  author={Robin Jeffrey},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  • Robin Jeffrey
  • Published 1 May 2009
  • History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
This essay attempts to bring greater subtlety to our understanding of the role that print and newspapers play in the shaping of modern society. The essay begins by focusing on the centrality that Jurgen Habermas and Benedict Anderson give to print and newspapers and examines the applicability of their ideas to Kerala, India's most newspaper-consuming state, over the past 200 years. The essay suggests that by conceptualizing print and newspaper development in three stages, we arrive at a more… 

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