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Dominance without Hegemony

History and Power in Colonial India

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$40.00 • £32.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674214835

Publication Date: 01/15/1998


268 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

2 line illustrations, 1 table

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  • Preface
  • Note on Transliteration
  • I. Colonialism in South Asia: A Dominance without Hegemony and Its Historiography
    • 1. Conditions for a Critique of Historiography
      • Dominance and Its Historiographies
      • Containment of Historiography in a Dominant Culture
      • Where Does Historical Criticism Come From?
      • The Universalizing Tendency of Capital and Its Limitations
      • The General Configuration of Power in Colonial India
    • 2. Paradoxes of Power
      • Idioms of Dominance and Subordination
      • Order and Danda
      • Improvement and Dharma
      • Obedience and Bhakti
      • Rightful Dissent and Dharmic Protest
    • 3. Dominance without Hegemony: The Colonialist Moment
      • Overdeterminations
      • Colonialism as the Failure of a Universalist Project
      • The Fabrication of a Spurious Hegemony
      • The Bad Faith of Historiography
    • 4. Preamble to an Autocritique
  • II. Discipline and Mobilize: Hegemony and Elite Control in Nationalist Campaigns
    • 1. Mobilization and Hegemony
      • Anticipation of Power by Mobilization
      • A Fight for Prestige
    • 2. Swadeshi Mobilization
      • Poor Nikhilesh
      • Caste Sanctions
      • Social Boycott
      • Liberal Politics, Traditional Bans
      • Swadeshi by Coercion or Consent?
    • 3. Mobilization For Non-cooperation
      • Social Boycott in Non-cooperation
      • Gandhi’s Opposition to Social Boycott
      • Hegemonic Claims Contested
    • 4. Gandhian Discipline
      • Discipline versus Persuasion
      • Two Disciplines—Elite and Subaltern
      • Crowd Control and Soul Control
    • 5. Conclusion
  • III. An Indian Historiography of India: Hegemonic Implications of a Nineteenth-Century Agenda
    • 1. Calling on Indians to Write Their Own History
    • 2. Historiography and the Formation of a Colonial State
      • Early Colonial Historiography
      • Three Types of Narratives
      • Education as an Instrument of Colonialism
      • The Importance of English
    • 3. Colonialism and the Languages of the Colonized
      • Indigenous Languages Harnessed to the Raj
      • Novels and Histories
      • Beginnings of an Indigenous Rationalist Historiography
      • An Ideology of Matribhasha
    • 4. Historiography and the Question of Power
      • An Appropriated Past
      • The Theme of Kalamka
      • Bahubol and Its Objects
    • 5. A Failed Agenda
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Index

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