The Bernard Cohn - Omnibus

The Bernard Cohn - Omnibus

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Author: Bernard S. Cohn
Foreword/Introductio: Dipesh Chakrabarty
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 935
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195668715


"Bernard Cohn, a strong votary of an inter-disciplinary approach, brought together anthropology and history in his research, subsequently widening the scope of this interaction. His contribution to understanding the politics of colonial knowledge has been acknowledged by historians and anthropologists for over three decades.

It was his conviction that it was difficult to study colonialism in South Asia without a study of the accompanying structural and cultural changes. This volume brings together posthumously three classic collections of Professor Cohn's essays, which provide a comprehensive understanding of the working of colonialism in South Asia. A lucid foreword by Dipesh Chakrabarty pulls together various strands from the three collections while providing an insight into Bernard Cohn the person.

An Anthropologist Among the Historians and Other Essays is a collection of some of Bernard Cohn's earliest essays. It lays the theoretical foundation for bringing to history the anthropological tools, which are so crucial to the study of colonial South Asia.

Colonialism and Its Forms of Knowledge examines the manipulations of language and law and marks a shift into areas where colonial impact was considered minimal. Cohn here studies the links between knowledge gathering, codification of law based on orientalist formulations, and the task of governance through inferiorization of the colonized.

India: The Social Anthropology of a Civilization is a historically anchored analysis of components of Indian civilization, which have been of interest to anthropologists. It speaks of castes, religions, land relations, state formations, and the politics of the Indian subcontinent. Cohn's use of 'civilization' as a focal concept also marks a break from the anthropological tradition of focus on the village as an analytical unit.

Students and researchers will find this collection indispensable for studying aspects of South Asian history, society and politics and their roots in the colonial experience."


I. An Anthropologist among the Historians
And other Essays

Introduction by
Ranajit Guha

1. History and Anthropology
2. India as a field of study
3. Untouchables
4. The British in Benares
5. Representations of Empire

II. Colonialism and its forms of Knowledge

The British in India:

1. Introduction
2. The command of Language and the Language of command
3. Law and the Colonial State in India
4. The transformation of objects into Artifacts, Antiquities, and Art in
Nineteenth-Century India
5. Cloth, Clothes, and Colonialism:
India in the Nineteenth-Century



III. India

The Social Anthropology of a Civilization:

1. Approaches to the study of Indian Civilization
2. India as a Geographic entity
3. Cultural and Historical Geography
4. Demography, Economic structures, and Language
5. The shaping of the civilization:
Views of the past
6. The Cultural and Structural History of India:
Hindu beginnings and Islamic penetrations
7. The Mughal period and European conquest
8. Cultural and structural history:
Nineteenth and twentieth centuries
9. Urbanization, Education and Social and Cultural change
10. Indian Social structure and Culture:
11. Indian Social structure and Culture:
12. The Indian Village