Selected Subaltern Studies

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Ranajit Guha, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
OUP USA, 1988 - Business & Economics - 434 pages
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This book collects ten essays from the five volumes of Subaltern Studies that have so far appeared. The aim of the studies is to 'promote a systematic and informed discussion of subaltern themes in the field of South Asian studies, and thus help to rectify the elitist bias characteristic of much research and academic work in this particular area. The contributors...focus attention on what Gramsci called the subaltern classes and their condition, and also re-examine well-known events and themes in the new, more rounded perspective. The contributors encompass history, politics, economics and sociology; attitudes, ideologies, and belief systems.' Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's essay 'Subaltern Studies: Deconstructing Historiography' introduces the volume and Edward Said, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia has provided a foreword.

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The History of the Subaltern is always the records of oppression and exploitation. It may be one of the most unfortunate factors that we have still not succeeded in bringing them towards the main stream eventhough there are a lot of efforts for that. The book 'Selected Subaltern Studies' penned by Ranajit Guha and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak throws light on the historical aspects of the subaltern studies right from its origin and development. The very word Subaltern has got a lot of significances and the writers have made an attempt to trace the reasons and causes for their plight.  


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Ranajit Guha is at Australian National University. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is at University of Pittsburgh. Edward Said is at Columbia University.