Behind the Mask: The Cultural Definition of the Legal Subject in Colonial Bengal (1715-1911)

Paperback | September 13, 2012

byAnindita Mukhopadhyay

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In Bengal, a shift in the mindset of the educated elite towards governance in the last quarter of the nineteenth century indicated a new certainty about their self-identity as colonised subjects. Against this background, the present work investigates the class antagonism between the bhadralok- the privileged, literate, and self-reflective social group, and the chhotolok - the underprivileged class, as they faced the colonial state and its different ideas of legality and sovereignty in colonial Bengal.The book addresses a fundamental discursive discontinuity when the Bengali bhadralok sought to claim a new position of the aware and good legal subject. It also underlines the development of a new cultural language of morality and the rule of law.

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In Bengal, a shift in the mindset of the educated elite towards governance in the last quarter of the nineteenth century indicated a new certainty about their self-identity as colonised subjects. Against this background, the present work investigates the class antagonism between the bhadralok- the privileged, literate, and self-reflect...

Anindita Mukhopadhyay is Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Hyderabad.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.07 inPublished:September 13, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198089678

ISBN - 13:9780198089674

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