Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies

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Overview

Habitations of Modernity explores the complexities of modernism in India. The questions that motivate Dipesh 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? Chakrabarty pursues issues such as these 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226100395
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 1,486,823
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Dipesh Chakrabarty is a professor of history and of South Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago,, He is the author of Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal 1890-1940 and Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 Questions of History
1 A Small History of Subaltern Studies 3
2 Subaltern Histories and Post-Enlightenment Rationalism 20
3 Modernity and the Past: A Critical Tribute to Ashis Nandy 38
Pt. 2 Practices of Modernity
4 Khadi and the Political Man 51
5 Of Garbage, Modernity, and the Citizen's Gaze 65
6 Governmental Roots of Modern Ethnicity 80
Pt. 3 The Ethical and the In-Human
7 The Subject of Law and the Subject of Narratives 101
8 Memories of Displacement: The Poetry and Prejudice of Dwelling 115
9 The In-Human and the Ethical in Communal Violence 138
Notes 149
Index 165
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