Habitations of Modernity
Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies
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Habitations of Modernity by Dipesh Chakrabarty
Book DescriptionIn Habitations of Modernity, Dipesh Chakrabarty explores the complexities of modernism in India and seeks principles of humaneness grounded in everyday life that may elude grand political theories. The questions that motivate Chakrabarty are shared by all postcolonial historians and anthropologists; How do we think about the legacy of the European Enlightenment in lands far from Europe in geography or history? How can we envision ways of being modern that speak to what is shared around the world, as well as to cultural diversity? How do we resist the tendency to justify the violence accompanying triumphalist moments of modernity? Chakrabarty pursues these issues in a series of closely linked essays, ranging from a history of the influential Indian series Subaltern Studies to examinations of specific cultural practices in modern India, such as the use of khadi - Gandhian style of dress - by male politicians and the politics of civic consciousness in public spaces. He concludes with considerations of the ethical dilemmas that arise when one writes on behalf of social justice projects.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226100395
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 15-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Dipesh Chakrabarty
Calling of History, Paperback (August 2015)
Sir Jadunath Sarkar (1870-1958) was knighted in 1929 and became the first Indian historian to gain honorary membership in the American Historical Association. This book examines Sarkar's career - and poignant obsolescence - as a way in to larger questions about the discipline of history and its public life.
Provincializing Europe, Paperback (October 2007)
Addresses the mythical figure of Europe that is often taken to be the original site of modernity in many histories of capitalist transition in non-Western countries. This book proposes that every case of transition to capitalism is a case of translation as well and categories into the categories and self-understandings of capitalist modernity.
Rethinking Working-class History, Paperback (August 2000)» View all books by Dipesh Chakrabarty
Combines a history of the jute-mill workers of Calcutta with a fresh look at labor history in Marxist scholarship. This book examines the milieu of the jute-mill workers and the way it influenced their capacity for class solidarity and "revolutionary"ï¿½' action from 1890 to 1940.
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Author Biography - Dipesh Chakrabarty
Dipesh Chakrabarty is professor of history and of South Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal 1890-1940 and Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference.
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