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Colonialism and Its Forms of Knowledge The British in India by Bernard S. Cohn
  

Colonialism and Its Forms of Knowledge The British in India

Part of the Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History Series

Synopsis

Colonialism and Its Forms of Knowledge The British in India by Bernard S. Cohn

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.

About the Author

Bernard S. Cohn is Professor Emeritus of History and Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of An Anthropologist among the Historians and Other Essays and India: The Social Anthropology of a Civilization.

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Book Info

Publication date

19th August 1996

Author

Bernard S. Cohn

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Publisher

Princeton University Press

Format

Paperback
216 pages

Categories

Colonialism & imperialism
National liberation & independence, post-colonialism
Anthropology
Cultural studies

ISBN

9780691000435

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