Handbook of Modernity in South Asia: Modern Makeovers

Hardcover | December 12, 2011

bySaurabh Dube

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Is modernity new to India, involving the transformation only in recent decades of an apparently timeless traditional society through global networks of banking and industry, migration and information, and trade and technology? Or have different groups on the Indian subcontinent variouslyparticipated in processes of modernity over a much longer time period? How is modernity itself to be understood and what forms have its expressions taken? Modern Makeovers explores the depths and surfaces which are constitutive of modernity and its representations. It sheds light on the historical aspects of modernity during colonial times. The volume also examines the conditions, limitations, and possibilities of modernity-and the modern-incontemporary contexts, including politics, culture, and the arts. The handbook approaches formations of modernity as always particular yet already global, all the while drawing on a range of South Asian experiences. The contributors map prior routes and chart novel pathways in discussions ofmodernity in the different regions of the subcontinent. They attend to prior, inherited understandings of modernity that are based on pre-figured, modular projections of the traditional and the modern, the non-West and the West.

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Is modernity new to India, involving the transformation only in recent decades of an apparently timeless traditional society through global networks of banking and industry, migration and information, and trade and technology? Or have different groups on the Indian subcontinent variouslyparticipated in processes of modernity over a muc...

Saurabh Dube is Professor, Department of History and Centre for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:December 12, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198074042

ISBN - 13:9780198074045

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--Preface1. Saurabh Dube: Modern Makeovers: An IntroductionSECTION I: IMPERIAL IMPLICATIOS2. Mrinalini Sinha: The Strange Death of an Imperial Ideal: The Case of --Civis Britannicus3. Bodhisattva Kar: Can the Postcolonial Begin? Deprovincializing Assam4. Rohan Deb Roy: Maladies of Modernity: Malaria and the Making of Burdwan Fever5. Atig Ghosh: The Mofussil and the Modern: The Discreet Charms of Kangal HarinathSECTION II: PROBING POLITICS6. Anupama Rao: Minority and Modernity: B.R. Ambedkar and Dalit Politics7. Ajay Skaria: Gandhi's Religion8. Faisal Devji: Apocalyptic Effects: Questions of Globalization and Islam9. Ian Bedford: A Pattern for National Modernity: Politics in PakistanSECTION III: CRITICAL CULTURES10. Anand Pandian: Ripening with the Earth: On Maturity and Modernity in South India11. Veronique Benei: Modern Senses: Of Selves, Citizens, Nationals, and Subjects12. Kalpana Ram: The Intellectual's Hidden Body: Affect and Mood in Family Planning13. Townsend Middleton: Ethno-logics: Paradigms of Modern IdentitySECTION IV: AFFECTING ARTS14. Arvind Rajagopal: Advertising in India: Genealogies of the Consumer Subject15. Jaideep Chatterjee: Architectonic Improvisations: Modern Design in Postcolonial India16. Sanjukta Sunderasan: Making Art Modern: Revisiting Modernism in India17. Prathama Banerjee: AfterwordNotes on Contributors