Subject Lessons

Author: Sanjay Seth
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822390604
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Subject Lessons offers a fascinating account of how western knowledge “traveled” to India, changed that which it encountered, and was itself transformed in the process. Beginning in 1835, India’s British rulers funded schools and universities to disseminate modern, western knowledge in the expectation that it would gradually replace indigenous ways of knowing. From the start, western education was endowed with great significance in India, not only by the colonizers but also by the colonized, to the extent that today almost all “serious” knowledge about India—even within India—is based on western epistemologies. In Subject Lessons, Sanjay Seth’s investigation into how western knowledge was received by Indians under colonial rule becomes a broader inquiry into how modern, western epistemology came to be seen not merely as one way of knowing among others but as knowledge itself. Drawing on history, political science, anthropology, and philosophy, Seth interprets the debates and controversies that came to surround western education. Central among these were concerns that Indian students were acquiring western education by rote memorization—and were therefore not acquiring “true knowledge”—and that western education had plunged Indian students into a moral crisis, leaving them torn between modern, western knowledge and traditional Indian beliefs. Seth argues that these concerns, voiced by the British as well as by nationalists, reflected the anxiety that western education was failing to produce the modern subjects it presupposed. This failure suggested that western knowledge was not the universal epistemology it was thought to be. Turning to the production of collective identities, Seth illuminates the nationalists’ position vis-à-vis western education—which they both sought and criticized—through analyses of discussions about the education of Muslims and women.

Trans Colonial Modernities in South Asia

Author: Michael S. Dodson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136484469
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Presenting cutting-edge scholarship dedicated to exploring the emergence and articulation of modernity in colonial South Asia, this book builds upon and extends recent insights into the constitutive and multiple projects of colonial modernity. Eschewing the fashionable binaries of resistance and collaboration, the contributors seek to re-conceptualize modernity as a local and transitive practice of cultural conjunction. Whether through a close reading of Anglo-Indian poetry, Urdu rhyming dictionaries, Persian Bible translations, Jain court records, or Bengali polemical literature, the contributors interpret South Asian modernity as emerging from localized, partial and continuously negotiated efforts among a variety of South Asian and European elites. Surveying a range of individuals, regions, and movements, this book supports reflection on the ways traditional scholars and other colonial agents actively appropriated and re-purposed elements of European knowledge, colonial administration, ruling ideology, and material technologies. The book conjures a trans-colonial and trans-national context in which ideas of history, religion, language, science, and nation are defined across disparate religious, ethnic, and linguistic boundaries. Providing new insights into the negotiation and re-interpretation of Western knowledge and modernity, this book is of interest to students and scholars of South Asian Studies, as well as of intellectual and colonial history, comparative literature, and religious studies.

Language Politics under Colonialism

Author: Dilip Chavan
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443865826
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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.

Multiple Experiences of Modernity

Author: Oliver Kozlarek
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 3847002295
Format: PDF
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Aktuelle Theorien der Moderne gehen von einer Vielfalt der Moderne(n) aus. Dabei werden die Unterschiede häufig als institutionelle und kulturelle Unterschiede verstanden. Auch wenn es sich dabei um durchaus sinnvolle Unternehmen handelt, kommen die jeweils provozierten »menschlichen Konsequenzen« zu kurz. Genau darum ging es aber jener Denktradition, die heute unter dem Namen der Kritischen Theorie bekannt ist. In dem vorliegenden Buch soll an diesem Anspruch festgehalten werden. Die Frage, der das Buch nachgehen will, lautet: Welche Erfahrungen machen Menschen mit und in der globalen Moderne? Dabei wird es auch darum gehen, auf Affinitäten und Unterschiede dieser Erfahrungen gleichermaßen aufmerksam zu machen. Auch in der Tradition der Kritischen Theorie ging es vor allem um westliche Erfahrungen mit und in der Moderne. Dieser zu enge Rahmen soll in diesem Buch gesprengt werden.

Cultural Change and Persistence

Author: W. Ascher
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230117333
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This book is about the ways that traditional cultural practices either change or persist in the face of social and economic development, whether the latter proceeds primarily from internal or external forces.

Postcolonial Theory and International Relations

Author: Sanjay Seth
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415582873
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"Postcolonial theory has had the most impact in disciplines such as literature and, to some degree, history, and perhaps the least impact in the discipline of politics. However, there is growing interest in postcolonial theory within politics, and interest in especially high in the subfield of international relations. This text provides a comprehensive survey of how postoclonial theory shapes our understanding of international relations"--

Postcolonial Italy

Author: Cristina Lombardi-Diop
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137281464
Format: PDF
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This volume constitutes a multidisciplinary intervention into the emerging field of postcolonial studies in Italy, bringing together cultural and social history, critical and political theory, literary and cinematic analyses, ethnomusicology and cultural studies, anthropological fieldwork, and race, gender, diaspora, and urban studies.

The British Imperial Century 1815 1914

Author: Timothy H. Parsons
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 074257217X
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Ideal for adoption in introductory and upper-level classes in European and world history, this book provides a concise narrative account of the rise and fall of British imperialism. Focusing on the transition from informal to formal empire which broadened and intensified Britain's relations with Asia and Africa, Timothy Parsons describes the establishment of extensive colonies and protectorates in Egypt, India, China, and the Ottoman Empire. Parsons explores the cultural, political, economic, and social implications of British authority in these areas and he describes the various ways in which subject peoples contested and adapted to the expansion of the British Crown. This book is an excellent introduction to the subject of imperialism, and will be extremely useful for those studying this history of Britain, Africa, the Middle East, India, and the Far East.

Language Politics Elites and the Public Sphere

Author: Veena Naregal
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 1843310546
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Whereas most studies of colonialism focus on India's 'high' literary culture, this book looks at how local intellectuals exploited their 'middling' position through such initiatives as the establishment of newspapers and of influential channels of communication.