Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India

Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India

by Ranajit Guha
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822323486

ISBN-13: 9780822323488

Pub. Date: 08/13/1999

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Foreword by James Scott

This classic work in subaltern studies explores the common elements present in rebel consciousness during the Indian colonial period. Ranajit Guha—intellectual founder of the groundbreaking and influential Subaltern Studies Group—describes from the peasants’ viewpoint the relations of dominance and subordination in rural

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Foreword by James Scott

This classic work in subaltern studies explores the common elements present in rebel consciousness during the Indian colonial period. Ranajit Guha—intellectual founder of the groundbreaking and influential Subaltern Studies Group—describes from the peasants’ viewpoint the relations of dominance and subordination in rural India from 1783 to 1900.
Challenging the idea that peasants were powerless agents who rebelled blindly against British imperialist oppression and local landlord exploitation, Guha emphasizes their awareness and will to effect political change. He suggests that the rebellions represented the birth of a theoretical consciousness and asserts that India’s long subaltern tradition lent power to the landmark insurgence led by Mahatma Gandhi. Yet as long as landlord authority remains dominant in a ruling culture, Guha claims, all mass struggles will tend to model themselves after the unfinished projects documented in this book.
Students and scholars will welcome this paperback edition of Guha’s 1983 original, which was distributed on a limited scale in the United States. It will influence new generations studying colonialism, postcolonialism, subaltern studies, historiography, anthropology, and Indian, Asian, and Latin American history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822323488
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
08/13/1999
Series:
Oxford India Paperbacks Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1700L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Duke Edition
Preface
Abbreviations
1Introduction1
2Negation18
3Ambiguity77
4Modality109
5Solidarity167
6Transmission220
7Territoriality278
8Epilogue333
Glossary339
Bibliography345
Index355

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