Subalterns and Sovereigns
An Anthropological History of Bastar (1854-2006) 2nd Revised edition
By (author) Nandini Sundar
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Subalterns and Sovereigns by Nandini Sundar
Book DescriptionSubalterns and Sovereigns traces the expansion of the colonial and the post-colonial state in Bastar, central India between 1854-2006, In particular, it looks at the manner in which the state was constituted, focusing on certain critical moments when the structures set into place by the colonial state were contested. The central themes include the growing restrictions on popular access to land and forest, and the changing popular notions of kingship and polity, which act as the matrix through which structures of resistance are defined. The author's account of the region is at once the outcome of an intellectual as well as personal encounter with the 'field'. It is divided into three parts: Section One, 'Recreated Pasts', portrays the pre-colonial economy and polity. It dispels notions of dominant history that see Bastar and other such places as untouched and isolated prior to colonialism, showing instead, the degree of social and political fluidity in the region in the pre-colonial period. Section 2, 'Rebellious Pasts', contains accounts of both 'major' and 'minor' resistance to the colonizing process. It throws light on the play of multiple histories, differently constructed and differently understood by the actors involved. The final section, ' Uncertain Futures', highlights the contradictions faced by tribal society today and the processes of cultural redefinition engendered by these contradictions. The second edition includes an Afterword which discusses contemporary issues concerning the formation of the state of Chattisgarh.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195697049
(217mm x 142mm x 20mm)
Imprint: OUP India
Publisher: OUP India
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: India
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Anthropology and sociology have long histories in India. Yet, with the exception of fieldwork experience, there is little research available on the institutional and material contexts of these disciplines. Filling this important gap, this book spans a century of life and work, from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century.
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Author Biography - Nandini Sundar
Nandini Sundar is a Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.
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