Dimensions: 240 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in
Published: May 1, 1991
Publisher: GREENWOOD PRESS INC.
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0313266743
ISBN - 13: 9780313266744
From the Publisher
This important volume by Edward W. Ellsworth examines the conflicting interests, programs, and goals which influenced the emergence of Anglo-Indian social purpose and scientific organizations between 1780 and 1880. The intellectual energy that promoted the growth of these multi-racial associations and their efforts toward reform was often diverted by British government structures, financial limitations, and Indian resistance. Ellsworth''s study traces how, despite these obstacles, these Anglo-Indian groups became the foundation for both the official and reformist programs which were integral to the formation of the Indian Congress at the end of the 19th century. After a brief historical introduction, Ellsworth offers an overview of social science ideology from British and Anglo-Indian perspectives with specific emphasis on the progressive intellectual development, both social and personal, advanced by members of the Bengal, Bombay, and Punjab associations. The author traces government involvement in select areas of science associational research and the relationship of that research to official policies and regulations, agribusiness goals and the commonweal. He also deals with key elements of Anglo-Indian science associational programs shaped by needs of the community but also by the British science world and British and Anglo-Indian economic interests. The creation of a colonial science is thus outlined. Concluding with a selected bibliography and full index, the book proves a comprehensive account of an intellectually vital period in Indian history.
?Ellsworth''s book investigates formal and informal social science- and science-oriented associations in India from 1780 to 1880. These organizations devoted themselves to gathering and analyzing information. They made suggestions to government and initiated their own programs in attempts to ensure continued British control of India and to introduce to India modern (i.e., Western) scientific concerns and methods. Ellsworth discusses the connections between developing scientific concerns in Britain and their transmittal to the Indian context. For instance, he explains how scientific agrarian organizations tried to stimulate selected areas of the Indian economy. He also explains how mixed racial social-purpose organizations provided forums for British and a few Indian members to document community needs and problems. Much of the material supports a premise that the social and economic concerns of these organizations were predicated on the need for Britain to improve India''s social conditions and economic life in order to benefit the metropolitan center. The book covers associations within regions of India and details the concerns and contributions of individuals (primarily British) within each of the associations and regions. However, there is little analysis of connections and contributions, making the book read much like a catalog. For graduate and research libraries.?-Choice