Author: Dipesh Chakrabarty
Publisher: Permanent Black
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178240939
Habitations of Modernity explores the complexities of modernism in India.
The questions that motivate Dipesh Chakrabarty are shared by all post-colonial historians and anthropologists: how do we think about the legacy of the European enlightenment in lands far from Europe in geography or history? How can we envision ways of being modern that speak to what is shared around the world, as well as to cultural diversity?
Chakrabarty pursues issues such as these in a series of closely linked essays, ranging from a history of the influential Subaltern Studies series to examinations of specific cultural practices in modern India.
Chakrabarty shows an impressive grasp of the theoretical literature, combined with a wide knowledge of particular historical and anthropological studies, the whole underpinned by his deep familiarity with Indian and Bengali contexts. The result is a collection full of unexpected insights. Habitations of Modernity is unparalleled in its penetration and very exciting to read.
FOREWORD BY HOMI K BHABHA
QUESTIONS OF HISTORY
1. A Small History of Subaltern Studies.
2. Subaltern Histories and Post-Enlightenment Rationalism.
3. Modernity and the Past: A Critical Tribute to Ashis Nandy.
PRACTICES OF MODERNITY
4. Khadi and the Political Man.
5. Of Garbage, Modernity, and the Citizen’s Gaze.
6. Governmental Roots of Modern Ethnicity.
THE ETHICAL AND THE IN-HUMAN
7. The Subject of Law and the Subject of Narratives.
8. Memories of Displacement: The Poetry and Prejudice of Dwelling.
9. The In-Human and the Ethical in Communal Violence.