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Cyberpatriarchy: Chat rooms and the construction of 'man to man' relations in urban India

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In the analysis of the political economy of globalization, the new media practices and the so-called new queer movements in Asia are conspicuously absent in the introduction to Mobile Cultures as it is in most such works. This chapter argues that this rhetoric and optimism may well be misplaced, that the new technologies can work to merely rearticulate the oldest ideologies and practices. It shows that this is certainly the case in India, through an analysis based on two years of cyber ethnography in a chat room in Delhi, on, the Internet version of one of India’s leading newspapers The Times of India. The chapter concentrates on chat rooms, which are at a further remove from even the pseudo-activism of same-sex NGOs on the Internet.

Keywords: chat rooms; globalization; Internet; political economy



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