Policing the “Sensible” in the Era of YouTube: Urban Villages and Racialized Subjects in Delhi

Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan

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    This article attends to the ways in which user-generated video content presumed 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. Focusing on an incident that targeted African students and entrepreneurs residing in Delhi, the article argues that the policing of user-generated audio-visual content of unfolding events in this milieu reveals a politics of the sensible that imagines digital circulation beyond national borders as a key site of contestation and that pushes us to reconsider simplistic ideas that valorize the democratization of representation as an interruption of the social order in one sociotemporal scale.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)407-419
    Number of pages13
    JournalTelevision and New Media
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - May 1 2020


    • YouTube
    • digital politics
    • ethics
    • ethnography
    • migration
    • race

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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