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Bernard Cohn's interest in the construction of Empire as an intellectual and cultural phenomenon has set the agenda for the academic study of modern Indian culture for over two decades. His earlier publications have shown how dramatic British innovations in India, including revenue and legal systems, led to fundamental structural changes in Indian social relations. This collection of his writings in the last fifteen years discusses areas in which the colonial impact has generally been overlooked. The essays form a multifaceted exploration of the ways in which the British discovery, collection, and codification of information about Indian society contributed to colonial cultural hegemony and political control.

Cohn argues that the British Orientalists' study of Indian languages was important to the colonial project of control and command. He also asserts that an arena of colonial power that seemed most benign and most susceptible to indigenous influences--mostly law--in fact became responsible for the institutional reactivation of peculiarly British notions about how to regulate a colonial society made up of "others." He shows how the very Orientalist imagination that led to brilliant antiquarian collections, archaeological finds, and photographic forays were in fact forms of constructing an India that could be better packaged, inferiorized, and ruled. A final essay on cloth suggests how clothes have been part of the history of both colonialism and anticolonialism.

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This collection of writings discusses areas in which the colonial impact on India has generally been overlooked. It offers an exploration of the ways in which the British discovery and collection of information about Indian society contributed to colonial cultural hegemony and political control.

Synopsis:

Bernard Cohn's interest in the construction of Empire as an intellectual and cultural phenomenon has set the agenda for the academic study of modern Indian culture for over two decades. His earlier publications have shown how dramatic British innovations in India, including revenue and legal systems, led to fundamental structural changes in Indian social relations. This collection of his writings in the last fifteen years discusses areas in which the colonial impact has generally been overlooked. The essays form a multifaceted exploration of the ways in which the British discovery, collection, and codification of information about Indian society contributed to colonial cultural hegemony and political control.

Cohn argues that the British Orientalists' study of Indian languages was important to the colonial project of control and command. He also asserts that an arena of colonial power that seemed most benign and most susceptible to indigenous influences--mostly law--in fact became responsible for the institutional reactivation of peculiarly British notions about how to regulate a colonial society made up of "others." He shows how the very Orientalist imagination that led to brilliant antiquarian collections, archaeological finds, and photographic forays were in fact forms of constructing an India that could be better packaged, inferiorized, and ruled. A final essay on cloth suggests how clothes have been part of the history of both colonialism and anticolonialism.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [163]-180) and index.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1Introduction3
2The Command of Language and the Language of Command16
3Law and the Colonial State in India57
4The Transformation of Objects into Artifacts, Antiquities, and Art in Nineteenth-Century India76
5Cloth, Clothes, and Colonialism: India in the Nineteenth Century106
Notes163
Index181

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691000435
Author:
Cohn, Bernard S.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
India
Subject:
History
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
Near and middle eastern
Subject:
India Politics and government 1765-1947.
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
Postcolonial Studies
Subject:
Postcolonial
Subject:
Studies
Subject:
India - History - British occupation, 1765-
Subject:
India Civilization British influences.
Subject:
World History - India
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History Paperback
Series Volume:
166
Publication Date:
August 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 11 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This collection of writings discusses areas in which the colonial impact on India has generally been overlooked. It offers an exploration of the ways in which the British discovery and collection of information about Indian society contributed to colonial cultural hegemony and political control.
"Synopsis" by , Bernard Cohn's interest in the construction of Empire as an intellectual and cultural phenomenon has set the agenda for the academic study of modern Indian culture for over two decades. His earlier publications have shown how dramatic British innovations in India, including revenue and legal systems, led to fundamental structural changes in Indian social relations. This collection of his writings in the last fifteen years discusses areas in which the colonial impact has generally been overlooked. The essays form a multifaceted exploration of the ways in which the British discovery, collection, and codification of information about Indian society contributed to colonial cultural hegemony and political control.

Cohn argues that the British Orientalists' study of Indian languages was important to the colonial project of control and command. He also asserts that an arena of colonial power that seemed most benign and most susceptible to indigenous influences--mostly law--in fact became responsible for the institutional reactivation of peculiarly British notions about how to regulate a colonial society made up of "others." He shows how the very Orientalist imagination that led to brilliant antiquarian collections, archaeological finds, and photographic forays were in fact forms of constructing an India that could be better packaged, inferiorized, and ruled. A final essay on cloth suggests how clothes have been part of the history of both colonialism and anticolonialism.

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