Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies / Edition 2

Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies / Edition 2

by Dipesh Chakrabarty
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226100383

ISBN-13: 9780226100388

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


In Habitations of Modernity, Dipesh Chakrabarty explores the complexities of modernism in India and seeks principles of humaneness grounded in everyday life that may elude grand political theories. The questions that motivate Chakrabarty are shared by all postcolonial historians and anthropologists: How do we think about the legacy of the European…  See more details below

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In Habitations of Modernity, Dipesh Chakrabarty explores the complexities of modernism in India and seeks principles of humaneness grounded in everyday life that may elude grand political theories. The questions that motivate Chakrabarty are shared by all postcolonial historians and anthropologists: How do we think about the legacy of the European Enlightenment in lands far from Europe in geography or history? How can we envision ways of being modern that speak to what is shared around the world, as well as to cultural diversity? How do we resist the tendency to justify the violence accompanying triumphalist moments of modernity?

Chakrabarty pursues these issues in a series of closely linked essays, ranging from a history of the influential Indian series Subaltern Studies to examinations of specific cultural practices in modern India, such as the use of khadi—Gandhian style of dress—by male politicians and the politics of civic consciousness in public spaces. He concludes with considerations of the ethical dilemmas that arise when one writes on behalf of social justice projects.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226100388
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1Questions of History
1A Small History of Subaltern Studies3
2Subaltern Histories and Post-Enlightenment Rationalism20
3Modernity and the Past: A Critical Tribute to Ashis Nandy38
Pt. 2Practices of Modernity
4Khadi and the Political Man51
5Of Garbage, Modernity, and the Citizen's Gaze65
6Governmental Roots of Modern Ethnicity80
Pt. 3The Ethical and the In-Human
7The Subject of Law and the Subject of Narratives101
8Memories of Displacement: The Poetry and Prejudice of Dwelling115
9The In-Human and the Ethical in Communal Violence138
Notes149
Index165

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