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Orientalism and the Postcolonial Predicament: Perspectives on South Asia (South Asia Seminar Series)

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Publisher Comments:

In his extraordinarily influential book Orientalism, Edward Said argued that Western knowledge about the Orient in the Post-Enlightenment period has been a systematic discourse by which Europe was able to manage--even produce--the Orient politically, sociologically, militarily, ideologically, scientifically, and imaginatively. According to Said, European and American views of the Orient created a reality in which the Oriental was forced to live. Although Said's work deals primarily with discourse about the Arab world, much of his argument has been applied to other regions of the Orient.Drawing on Said's book, Carol A. Breckenridge, Peter van der Veer, and the contributors to this book explore the ways colonial administrators constructed knowledge about the society and culture of India and the processes through which that knowledge has shaped past and present Indian reality.One common theme that links the essays in Orientalism and the Postcolonial Predicament is the proposition that Orientalist discourse is not just restricted to the colonial past but continues even today. The contributors argue that it is still extremely difficult for both Indians and outsiders to think about India in anything but strictly Orientalist terms. They propose that students of society and history rethink their methodologies and the relation between theories, methods, and the historical conditions that produced them.Orientalism and the Postcolonial Predicament provides new and important insights into the cultural embeddedness of power in the colonial and postcolonial world.

Synopsis:

This book explores the ways in which colonial administrators constructed knowledge about the society and culture of India and the processes through which that knowledge has shaped past and present Indian reality.

Description:

Papers presented at the 44th Annual South Asia Seminar held at the University of Pennsylvania, 1988/1989. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812214369
Editor:
Breckenridge, Carol A.
Editor:
Van Der Veer, Peter
Editor:
Van Der Veer, Peter
Editor:
Breckenridge, Carol A.
Author:
Breckenridge, Carol A.
Editor:
Van Der Veer, Peter
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Location:
Philadelphia :
Subject:
India
Subject:
Study and teaching
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Congresses
Subject:
South asia
Subject:
World - Post-Colonial Studies
Subject:
South Asia Foreign public opinion, Occidental Congresses.
Subject:
South Asia Study and teaching Congresses.
Subject:
South Asia - Foreig
Subject:
World History-Asia
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
South Asia Seminar Series
Series Volume:
no. 122
Publication Date:
19930731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
372
Dimensions:
9.02x6.05x.92 in. 1.18 lbs.

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