Playing with Modernity: The Decolonization of Indian Cricket


  • Arjun Appadurai New York University


Parole chiave:

cricket, appadurai, decolonization, modernity


For the former colony, decolonization is a dialogue with the colonial past, and not a
simple dismantling of colonial habits and modes of life. Nowhere are the complexities
and ambiguities of this dialogue more evident than in the vicissitudes of cricket in
those countries that were once part of the British Empire. In the Indian case, the
cultural aspects of decolonization deeply affect every domain of public life, from
language and the arts to ideas about political representation and economic justice. ln
every major public debate in contemporary India, one underlying strand is always the
question of what to do with the shreds and patches of the Colonial heritage. Some of
these patches are institutional; others are ideological and aesthetic.


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Biografia autore

Arjun Appadurai, New York University

Arjun Appadurai is the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at
New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public
Knowledge. He serves as Honorary Professor in the Department of Media and
Communication, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Tata Chair Professor at The Tata
Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai and as a Senior Research Partner at the Max-
Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity. He is recognized as a major theorist
in globalization studies. His recent publications include The Future as a Cultural Fact:
Essays on the Global Condition (2013) and India’s World: The Politics of Creativity in a
Globalized Society (2012).




Come citare

Appadurai, Arjun. 2015. «Playing With Modernity: The Decolonization of Indian Cricket». Altre Modernità, n. 14 (novembre):1-24.