Notions of Nationhood in Bengal: Perspectives on Samaj, c. 1867-1905

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BRILL, Jun 24, 2009 - Philosophy - 420 pages
This book opens fresh ways of rethinking colonial nationalisms, qualifying derivative, political and modernist paradigms. Introducing the category of samaj (cultural entity), it shows how indigenous socio-cultural origins were reconfigured in modern Bengali-Indian nationhood to conceptualise unities and mediate fragmentation.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter One Nationalist Ideologues Ideas and their Dissemination
45
Chapter Two Recreating a Jati
93
ChapterThree Samaj and Perspectives on Unity
139
Lower Orders in Bengal
173
Chapter Five Contiguous Ethnicities
221
Chapter Six SubRegional Essences and the Regional Self
271
The Idea of India
309
Conclusion
351
Bibliography
361
Glossary
379
Index
385
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