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Inspired by Antonio Gramsci’s writings on the history of subaltern classes, the authors in Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial sought to contest the elite histories of Indian nationalists by adopting the paradigm of “history from below.” Later on, the project shifted from its social history origins by drawing upon an eclectic group of thinkers that included Edward Said, Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida. This book provides a comprehensive balance sheet of the project and its ...
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Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial

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Overview

Inspired by Antonio Gramsci’s writings on the history of subaltern classes, the authors in Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial sought to contest the elite histories of Indian nationalists by adopting the paradigm of “history from below.” Later on, the project shifted from its social history origins by drawing upon an eclectic group of thinkers that included Edward Said, Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida. This book provides a comprehensive balance sheet of the project and its developments, including Ranajit Guha’s original subaltern studies manifesto, Partha Chatterjee, Dipesh Chakrabarty, and Gayatri Spivak.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781680513
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Series: Mappings Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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

Gyan Prakash (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is professor of modern Indian history at Princeton University and a member of the Subaltern Studies Editorial Collective. He is the author of Bonded Histories: Genealogies of Labor Servitude in Colonial India (1990), Another Reason: Science and the Imagination of Modern India (1999) and Mumbai Fables (2010). Professor Prakash edited After Colonialism: Imperial Histories and Postcolonial Displacements (1995) and Noir Urbanisms (2010), codited The Space of the Modern City (2008) and Utopia/Dystopia (2010), and has written a number of articles on colonialism and history writing. He is currently working on a history of the city of Bombay. With Robert Tignor, he introduced the modern world history course at Princeton University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 On Some Aspects of the Historiography of Colonial India 1
2 The Nation and Its Peasants 8
3 Gramsci and Peasant Subalternity in India 24
4 'The Making of the Working Class': E. P. Thompson and Indian History 50
5 Recovering the Subject: Subaltern Studies and Histories of Resistance in Colonial South Asia 72
6 Rallying Around the Subaltern 116
7 Moral Economists, Subalterns, New Social Movements and the (Re-) Emergence of a (Post-) Modernized (Middle) Peasant 127
8 Writing Post-Orientalist Histories of the Third World: Perspectives from Indian Historiography 163
9 After Orientalism: Culture, Criticism and Politics in the Third World 191
10 Can the 'Subaltern' Ride? A Reply to O'Hanlon and Washbrook 220
11 Orientalism Revisited: Saidian Frameworks in the Writing of Modern Indian History 239
12 Radical Histories and Question of Enlightenment Rationalism: Some Recent Critiques of Subaltern Studies 256
13 Voices from the Edge: The Struggle to Write Subaltern Histories 281
14 The Decline of the Subaltern in Subaltern Studies 300
15 The New Subaltern: A Silent Interview 324
Select Bibliography 341
Acknowledgements 350
Index 351
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