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Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial

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Inspired initially by Antonio Gramsci's writings on the history of subaltern classes, the Subaltern Studies project adopted a 'history from below' paradigm to contest 'elite' history writing by Indian nationalists. Later the project shifted away from this position to draw upon eclectic thinkers such as Edward Said, Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida. This volume is the first comprehensive balance-sheet of the project, presenting a collection of the most important writing from the last two decades...
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Overview

Inspired initially by Antonio Gramsci's writings on the history of subaltern classes, the Subaltern Studies project adopted a 'history from below' paradigm to contest 'elite' history writing by Indian nationalists. Later the project shifted away from this position to draw upon eclectic thinkers such as Edward Said, Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida. This volume is the first comprehensive balance-sheet of the project, presenting a collection of the most important writing from the last two decades and focusing on the key debates between the main scholars in the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844676378
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Series: Mappings Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,242,184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Vinayak Chaturvedi is a Professor of History at the University of California in Irvine.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Vinayak Chaturuedi vii

1 On Some Aspects of the Historiography of Colonial India Ranajit Guha 1

2 The Nation and Its Peasants Partha Chatterjee 8

3 Gramsci and Peasant Subalternity in India David Arnold 24

4 'The Making of the Working Class': E. P. Thompson and Indian History Rnjnarayan Chandavarkar 50

5 Recovering the Subject: Subaltern Studies and Histories of Resistance in Colonial South Asia Rosalind O'Hanlon 72

6 Rallying Around the Subaltern C.A. Bayly 116

7 Moral Economists, Subalterns, New Social Movements and the (Re-) Emergence of a (Post-) Modernized (Middle) Peasant Tom Brass 127

8 Writing Post-Orientalist Histories of the Third World: Perspectives from Indian Historiography Gyan Prakash 163

9 After Orientalism: Culture, Criticism and Politics in the Third World Rosalind O'Hanlon David Washbrook 191

10 Can the 'Subaltern' Ride? A Reply to O'Hanlon and Washbrook Gyan Prakash 220

11 Orientalism Revisited: Saidian Frameworks in the Writing of Modern Indian History Sumit Sarkar 239

12 Radical Histories and Question of Enlightenment Rationalism: Some Recent Critiques of Subaltern Studies Dipesh Chakrabarty 256

13 Voices from the Edge: The Struggle to Write Subaltern Histories Gyanendra Pandey 281

14 The Decline of the Subaltern in Subaltern Studies Sumit Sarkar 300

15 The New Subaltern: A Silent Interview Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak 324

Appendix: Select Bibliography 341

Acknowledgements 350

Index 351

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