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This book discusses the epistemic foundation of the heuristic construct 'vagabond' and the convergence between the politics of itinerancy and that of dissent in the context of South Asia. It describes the fraught relationship between 'native' itinerant practices and techniques of governmentality which have furnished different categorizations and taxonomies of mobility. The book demonstrates the historical seismic breaks-from the Orientalist to the post-Orientalist, from the pre-modern to the modern, and from the colonial to the post-colonial-in the representation of the vagabond in the juridico-political imagination, in historiography and cultural articulation. For instance, the drunk European sailor, the quasi-religious mendicant and the helpless famine refugee have all been referred to as 'vagabonds' in the colonial archive. This book examines the histories and conditions behind these conceptual overlaps, as well as the uncanny associations among categories that uneasily co-exist and mirror each other as sub-sets of a vast range of phenomenon, which may loosely be called 'vagabond(age)'. This volume will be of interest to students and researchers of literature, cultural studies, colonial and post-colonial studies, history, migration studies, sociology, and South Asia studies.
|Publication date:||23rd July 2021|
|Author:||Avishek (Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology, Silchar, Assam, India) Ray|
|Publisher:||Routledge India an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd|
Avishek Ray teaches at the National Institute of Technology Silchar. His research pivots around, broadly speaking, travel and mobility. He is the co-editor of Nation, Nationalism and the Public Sphere: Religious Politics in India (2020). His research appears in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Tourism Culture & Communication, Journal of Literary Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Multicultural Education Review, Journal of Human Values, among others. He has held research fellowships at the University of Edinburgh, Purdue University Library, Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia, Mahidol University and Pavia University.More About Avishek (Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology, Silchar, Assam, India) Ray