Dirks, Nicholas B. Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. Princeton: Princeton University Press, Histories. Dirks, Nicholas B. Castes of Mind. Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS. ,95 € / $ / £*. Add to Cart. PDF | On Dec 1, , S. Guha and others published Book Reviews: NICHOLAS B. DIRKS, Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of.

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Ambedkar to understand the ways in which nationalist movements were implicated within colonial constructs of social mobilization and the possibility of modernity and self-rule for India. It uses the idea of caste as the basis for a magisterial history of modern India. Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. Neither reductive nor schematic, the notion of caste that emerges here is genuinely original. A respectful treatment of one another is important to us. You are commenting using your WordPress.

You could not be signed in. Colonialism and the Making of Modern India is a dirsk review of four centuries of scholarship on caste, a study of colonial knowledge and categorization, and an intervention in understandings of caste politics and nationalism, wrapped into a post-colonial history of modern India.


The Conversion of Caste Pages This work offers several historiographical and polemical contributions. Biography of an Archive Pages Rather than a basic expression of Indian tradition, caste is a modern phenomenon–the product of a concrete historical encounter between India and British colonial rule. Anthropology as Colonial Rule Pages Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. American Historical Association members Sign in via society site.

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In academic and common parlance alike, oc has become a central symbol for India, marking it as fundamentally different from other places while expressing its essence.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The Textualization of Tradition: He also argues that the certain colonial epistemologies carry on to the present day over debates over immigration, identity, and ethnic violence.

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Colonial Knowledge and Colonial Rule Pages Nevertheless, this groundbreaking work of interpretation demands a careful scholarly reading and response. Write a customer review. Dirks argues that the work of Bayly, Washbrook, and the Cambridge school pull attention away from dirms importance of the colonial state.


Second, Dirks centers the role of colonial knowledge alongside the power of military, political power, and economic wealth in the study of colonial conquest and governance. Dirks also highlights how archives and ethnographies were concerned with strategic questions of land ownership and sovereignty, as well as cultural and political questions of social relationships and caste.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Nicholas Dirks argues that caste is, in fact, neither an unchanged survival of ancient India nor a single system that reflects a core cultural value.