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Author Chatterjee, Partha, 1947-

Title The nation and its fragments : colonial and postcolonial histories / Partha Chatterjee
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1993]
©1993

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Description xiii, 282 pages ; 25 cm
Series Princeton studies in culture/power/history
Princeton studies in culture/power/history.
Contents Machine derived contents note: Table of contents for The nation and its fragments : colonial and postcolonial histories / Partha Chatterjee. -- Bibliographic record and links to related information available from the Library of Congress catalog -- Information from electronic data provided by the publisher. May be incomplete or contain other coding. -- Preface and Acknowledgments Ch. 1 Whose Imagined Community? 3 Ch. 2 The Colonial State 14 Ch. 3 The Nationalist Elite 35 Ch. 4 The Nation and Its Pasts 76 Ch. 5 Histories and Nations 95 Ch. 6 The Nation and Its Women 116 Ch. 7 Women and the Nation 135 Ch. 8 The Nation and Its Peasants 158 Ch. 9 The Nation and Its Outcasts 173 Ch. 10 The National State 200 Ch. 11 Communities and the Nation 220 Notes 241 Bibliography 263 Index 273 -- Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: India History British occupation, 1765-1947, India History 20th century, Nationalism India History, Nationalism India Bengal History
Summary "In this book, the prominent theorist Partha Chatterjee looks at the creative and powerful results of the nationalist imagination in Asia and Africa that are posited not on identity but on difference with the nationalism propagated by the West. Arguing that scholars have been mistaken in equating political nationalism with nationalism as such, he shows how anticolonialist nationalists produced their own domain of sovereignty within colonial society well before beginning their political battle with the imperial power. These nationalists divided their culture into material and spiritual domains, and staked an early claim to the spiritual sphere, represented by religion, caste, women and the family, and peasants. Chatterjee shows how middle-class elites first imagined the nation into being in this spiritual dimension and then readied it for political contest, all the while "normalizing" the aspirations of the various marginal groups that typify the spiritual sphere. While Chatterjee's specific examples are drawn from Indian sources, with a copious use of Bengali language materials, the book is a contribution to the general theoretical discussion on nationalism and the modern state. Examining the paradoxes involved with creating first a uniquely non-Western nation in the spiritual sphere and then a universalist nation-state in the material sphere, the author finds that the search for a postcolonial modernity is necessarily linked with past struggles against modernity."--pub. desc
Analysis India
Nationalism History
India
Nationalism History
India
Nationalism History
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [263]-272) and index
Subject Nationalism -- India -- Bengal -- History.
Nationalism -- India -- History.
India -- History -- 20th century.
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947.
LC no. 93015536
ISBN 0691019436 (paperback: alk. paper)
0691033056 (cloth : alk. paper)