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  • Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction. A Political Ecology of Jugaad
    Fables of the Reinvention I. Toward a Universal History of Hacking
    1. The Affect of Jugaad: "Frugal Innovation" and the Workaround Ecologies of Postcolonial Practice
    2. Neoliberal Assemblages of Perception and Digital Media in India
    Fables of the Reinvention II. New Desiring Machines
    3. Jugaad Ecologies of Social Reproduction
    4. Diagramming Affect: Smart Cities and Plasticity in India's Informal Economy
    Fables of the Reinvention III. A Series of Minor Events
    Conclusion. Jugaad Jugaading: Time, Language, Misogyny in Hacking Ecologies
    Notes
    References
    Index
  • "This original and innovative work will enable a new and perhaps paradigm-shattering interpretation of the coimplication of digital assemblages, temporality, and affect. Drawing on a rich ethnographic archive, Amit S. Rai is deeply sensitive to how gender, class, and caste are implicated in emergent techno-perceptual assemblages. His invaluable book is also an effective antidote to the Eurocentricity of digital media studies." — Purnima Mankekar, author of, Unsettling India: Affect, Temporality, Transnationality

    "Jugaad Time is an important intervention into cartographies of postdigital media cultures. By drawing on the specificity of South Asian cultures, it enriches our understanding of the heterogeneity of these processes. The postcolonial study of media technologies is a vibrant and crucial field of inquiry; Amit S. Rai's outstanding work is an essential contribution to global approaches to new media scholarship." — Tiziana Terranova, author of, Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age

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  • Description

    In India, the practice of jugaad—finding workarounds or hacks to solve problems—emerged out of subaltern strategies of negotiating poverty, discrimination, and violence but is now celebrated in management literature as a disruptive innovation. In Jugaad Time Amit S. Rai explores how jugaad operates within contemporary Indian digital media cultures through the use of the mobile phone. Rai shows that despite being co-opted by capitalism to extract free creative labor from the workforce, jugaad is simultaneously a practice of everyday resistance, as workers and communities employ hacks to oppose corporate, caste, and gender power. Locating the tensions surrounding jugaad—as both premodern and postdigital, innovative and oppressive—Rai maps how jugaad can be used to undermine neoliberal capitalist media ecologies and nationalist politics.

    About The Author(s)

    Amit S. Rai is Senior Lecturer in New Media and Communication at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of Untimely Bollywood: Globalization and India's New Media Assemblage, also published by Duke University Press, and the coeditor of InterMedia in South Asia: The Fourth Screen.
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