Partha Chatterjee is one of the world's greatest living
theorists on the political, cultural, and intellectual history of
nationalism. Beginning in the 1980s, his work, particularly within
the context of India, has served as the foundation for subaltern
studies, an area of scholarship he continues to develop.
In this collection, English-speaking readers are finally able to
experience the breadth and substance of Chatterjee's wide-ranging
thought. His provocative essays examine the phenomenon of
postcolonial democracy and establish the parameters for research in
subaltern politics. They include an early engagement with agrarian
politics and Chatterjee's brilliant book reviews and journalism.
Selections include one never-before-published essay, "A Tribute to
the Master," which considers through a mock retelling of an episode
from the classic Sanskrit epic, The Mahabharata, a deep
dilemma in the study of postcolonial history, and several Bengali
essays, now translated into English for the first time. An
introduction by Nivedita Menon adds necessary context and depth,
critiquing Chatterjee's ideas and their influence on contemporary
Subjects: Political Science, Anthropology, History
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