Theorizing the Present: Essays for Partha Chatterjee

Hardcover | April 15, 2011

EditorAnjan Ghosh, Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Janaki Nair

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Partha Chatterjee is regarded as a renowned theoretician of events and processes that constitute contemporary Indian politics and society. Seen variously as a political scientist, historian, cultural analyst, social anthropologist, and a philosopher, his writings on colonialism, Indiannationalism, historiography, Indian state and politics, and identity continue to inspire generations of scholars. This festschrift volume is written by a group of scholars who continue to seriously engage with Partha Chatterjee's ideas and concepts. Dealing with different ways of theorizing the present, it is divided into five sections - history and historicality; state, community, and political subjectivity;nationalism and its critiques; political society; and publics and collectivities. The volume includes contributions from noted scholars like Dipesh Chakrabarty, Gyanendra Pandey, Ramchandra Guha, Madhav Prasad, Pradeep K. Datta etc.This book will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of political science, history, sociology, and cultural anthropology.

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Partha Chatterjee is regarded as a renowned theoretician of events and processes that constitute contemporary Indian politics and society. Seen variously as a political scientist, historian, cultural analyst, social anthropologist, and a philosopher, his writings on colonialism, Indiannationalism, historiography, Indian state and polit...

Anjan Ghosh (Late) was Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Tapati Guha-Thakurta is Professor at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Janaki Nair is Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:356 pagesPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198071639

ISBN - 13:9780198071631

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List of IllustrationsSection I. On History and Historicality1. Dipesh Chakrabarty: History and the Politics of Recognition2. Janaki Nair: Indian Historiography and its 'Resolution' of Feminists' QuestionsSection II. On State, Community, and Political Subjectivity3. M. Madhava Prasad: The Republic of Babel: Language and Political Subjectivity in Free India4. Gyanendra Pandey: The Contours of Violence: 'Ordinary', 'Extraordinary' and Epistemic5. Ranabir Samaddar: Sovereignty and the Dialogic SubjectSection III. On Nationalism and its Critiques6. Tapati Guha-Thakurta: Locating Gandhi in Indian Art History: Nandalal Bose and Ramkinkar Baij7. Ramachandra Guha: Travelling with Tagore8. M.S.S. Pandian: Nation ImpossibleSection IV. On Reformulations of Political Society9. Asok Sen: From Rescue Measures to Fuller Democracy10. Dwaipayan Bhattacharya: Party-Society, its Consolidation and Crisis: Understanding Political Change in West BengalSection V. On Publics and Collectivities in the City11. Anjan Ghosh: Contested Spaces: Puja and its Publics in Calcutta12. Pradip Kumar Datta: Collectives Today: The Novelties of the Rizwanur Movement