Society and Circulation: Mobile People and Itinerant Cultures in South Asia, 1750-1950

Society and Circulation: Mobile People and Itinerant Cultures in South Asia, 1750-1950

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Overview

This book is about changing social relationships. The authors focus on the question of what social relations make for successful science and technology policies. In particular, the various chapters illustrate what happens at different social interfaces, such as between policy makers and researchers, and between the users and producers of knowledge. In other words, they are interested in the knowledge networks that are emerging between the many different actors involved in the development of science and technology. Science and Technology Policy for Development is the outcome of a workshop that brought together scholars and policy makers from the global South and the North, from private and public organizations, to review their experiences. What unites the authors is a common concern for research-policy linkages. In this context, research was taken to mean any systematic effort to increase the stock of knowledge, and 'policy' as any purposive course of action followed by an actor or set of actors. Linkages are seen as the communication and patterns of interaction among the actors involved. Such patterns may consolidate into knowledge networks in which information is evaluated or prioritized. A number of authors stress the communication aspect of such patterns, especially in the form of dialogue between actors or, through them, between institutions like ministries, universities or companies. The subtitle of this book reflects this orientation: Dialogues at the Interface refers to communication between these different institutions. A must read for students of development economics, professionals in the sector and policy-makers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843312314
Publisher: Anthem Press
Publication date: 10/01/2006
Series: Anthem South Asian Studies
Edition description: First Edition, 1
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Claude Markovitz and Jacques Pouchepadass both hold the position of Directeur de Recherche at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Paris. Sanjay Subrahmanyam is Directeur d’Etudes at the Ecole des Hautes en Science Sociales, Paris.


Table of Contents

List of Contributors; Preface; 1. Introduction: Circulation and Society under Colonial Rule; 2. Circulation and the Emergence of Modern Mapping: Great Britain and Early Colonial India, 1764-1820; Labour Circulation: Labour Circulation between Sri Lanka and South India in Historical Perspective; 4. Circulation through Seafaring: Indian Seamen, 1890-1945; Pattern of Circulation among Merchants: Merchant Circulation in South Asia (Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries): The Rise of Pan-Indian Merchant Networks; 6. Predicaments of Mobility: Peddlers and Itinerants in Nineteenth-century Northwestern India; The State and Circulation: 7. Circulation and Authority: Police, Public Space and Territorial Control in the Punjab, 1861-1920; 8. Intinerant Kings and Touring Officials: Circulation as a Modality of Power in India, 1700-1947; Tellers of Tales, Sellers of Tales: Bhojpuri Peddlers in Northern India; 10. Circulation, Piety and Innovation: Recounting Travels in Early Nineteenth-century South India


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