This book attempts to capture the reconfiguration of the pre-modern power structure within colonialism, in the specific context of education and linguistic policies implemented by the colonial administration in Western India. The interrelationship existing between caste power, dominance, colonialism and their cultural implications has been a rather ignored subject in postcolonial theory; analysis of the interplay between primordial power structures like caste and colonial modernity has only recently been reflected in some post-colonial writings. Against this backdrop, the book offers a nuanced understanding of the collusive role that the indigenous elites played in working out new ways to preserve their privileges and dominance, which also strengthened the hold of the colonial regime without fully altering and disturbing the existing modes of dominance. The book attempts to dispel the theory that a thorough eradication of pre-capitalist relationships is a pre-requisite to the growth and advancement of modern capitalism. The Indian case points to the contrary. The colonial state could engender its capitalist motives without substantially altering the existing feudal, hierarchical socio-economic and political arrangements. Drawing upon the theoretical framework of Marx, Gramsci, Althussar and Jotirao Phule, the volume attempts to delineate the relationship between language and power in colonial Western India.
|Publisher:||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
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About the Author
Dilip Chavan is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Chair and Studies Centre at the Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded, India. His areas of interest are social history of language education, cultural history of caste, and language planning in India.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Theoretical Preliminaries 1
Chapter 2 Warring Languages: The Rise and Fall of Sanskrit and Persian 54
Chapter 3 Language Politics: Translation of Coercion into Consent 71
Chapter 4 The Standardisation of Marathi: Grammar and Lexicography 136
Chapter 5 Politics of Patronage and Institutionalisation of Language Hierarchy 187
Chapter 6 Curriculum, Ideology and Pedagogy: Moral Textbooks and Domestication of the Neo-literate 231
Chapter 7 Conclusion 252
Appendix: Address to the Nobility and Gentry of Maharashtra 277