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Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial : Mapping S. - Vinayak Chaturvedi

Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial

Mapping S.

Paperback Published: 1st July 2000
ISBN: 9781859842140
Number Of Pages: 388

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Initially inspired by Antonio Gramsci's writings on the history of subaltern classes, the Subaltern Studies authors adopted a ""history from below"" paradigm to contest ""elite"" history writing of Indian nationalists. Later the Project shifted away from its social history origins by drawing 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 the key debates between the main scholars in the field. The collection begins with the original manifesto of the Subaltern Studies project, by Ranajit Guha. In the following contributions Partha Catterjee and David Arnold, two of the founding members of the Subaltern Studies collective, examine concepts from Marx to Gramsci embedded in the writing of Indian peasant history. Critiques of the Subaltern project from C. A. Bayly, Rajnarayan Chandavarka, Rosalind O'Hanlon and Tom Brass set the terms for the controversies around which the book is organized. Marxist and deconstructionist tendencies cross and clash in the exchange between O'Hanlon, David Washbrook and the Subalternist Gyan Prakash. Sumit Sarkar charts the contemporary direction of Subaltern Studies in its movement away from a set of Marxist concerns, and Dipesh Chakrabarty and Gyanendra Pandey respond with a spirited defence of these new directions, criticizing not only Marxism but the whole idea of history as Eurocentric. The volume concludes with an interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak on the future of the Subaltern Studies project and its vexed relationship with Marxism and Feminism

Introductionp. vii
On Some Aspects of the Historiography of Colonial Indiap. 1
The Nation and Its Peasantsp. 8
Gramsci and Peasant Subalternity in Indiap. 24
'The Making of the Working Class': E. P. Thompson and Indian Historyp. 50
Recovering the Subject: Subaltern Studies and Histories of Resistance in Colonial South Asiap. 72
Rallying Around the Subalternp. 116
Moral Economists, Subalterns, New Social Movements and the (Re-) Emergence of a (Post-) Modernized (Middle) Peasantp. 127
Writing Post-Orientalist Histories of the Third World: Perspectives from Indian Historiographyp. 163
After Orientalism: Culture, Criticism and Politics in the Third Worldp. 191
Can the 'Subaltern' Ride? A Reply to O'Hanlon and Washbrookp. 220
Orientalism Revisited: Saidian Frameworks in the Writing of Modern Indian Historyp. 239
Radical Histories and Question of Enlightenment Rationalism: Some Recent Critiques of Subaltern Studiesp. 256
Voices from the Edge: The Struggle to Write Subaltern Historiesp. 281
The Decline of the Subaltern in Subaltern Studiesp. 300
The New Subaltern: A Silent Interviewp. 324
Select Bibliographyp. 341
Acknowledgementsp. 350
Indexp. 351
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ISBN: 9781859842140
ISBN-10: 1859842143
Series: Mapping S.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 1st July 2000
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1