Inventing Subjects

Inventing Subjects

Studies in Hegemony, Patriarchy and Colonialism

By Himani Bannerji

Anthem South Asian Studies

A Marxist-Feminist perspective on the development of socio-cultural formations in colonial India.

Hardback, 234 Pages

ISBN:9781843310723

August 2002

£70.00, $115.00

  • About This Book
  • Reviews
  • Author Information
  • Series
  • Table of Contents
  • Links
  • Podcasts

About This Book

A collection of essays written from a Marxist-Feminist perspective, 'Inventing Subjects' is a significant contribution to the field of historical sociology. The essays speak of the different ways in which social subjects and their agencies have been constructed and represented in the context of the development of colonial hegemony and socio-cultural formations in India. Four of the essays focus on constructive proposals for social subjectivities and agencies of Bengali middle-class women by both the indigenous and the colonial elite. The othrt two essays consider the invention or construction of 'India' as an ideological category for ruling, which seeks to impose on it a colonially ascribed identity. The essays capture the fluidity and complexity of subject construction, and read moral regulations and culture in terms of a hegemonic process. They range from middle-class Bengali women's attempts at self-fashioning to the colonial ideological reflexes within which their projects are articulated. They disclose and query the tensions inherent in the processes of indigenous socio-cultural constructions and identity formations, as well as the reductionism involved in the creation of colonial 'others'.

Reviews

No reviews for this title.

Author Information

Himani Bannerji is Associate Professor of Sociology at York University, Toronto, Canada, and has an active research and teaching connection with India, especially West Bengal, through the School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

Series

Anthem South Asian Studies

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Foreword; Inventing Subject: An Introduction; Writing 'India', Doing 'Ideology': William Jones' Construction of India as an Ideological Category; Beyond the Ruling Category to What Actually Happens: Notes on James Mill's Historiography in 'The History of British India'; Age of Consent and Hegemonic Social Reform; Attired in Virtue: Discourse on Shame (lajja) and Clothing of the Gentlewoman (bhadramahila) in Colonial Bengal; Fashioning a Self: Educational Proposals for and by Women in Popular Magazines in Colonial Bengal; Re-Generation: Mothers and Daughters in Bengal's Literary Space; References; Index

Links

No Podcasts for this title.

Latest Tweets

  • 'On the Fall of the Roman Republic' by Thomas E. Strunk is almost here! This book juxtaposes the fall of the #Roman… https://t.co/fiLlRPJsFI

    - 11:24:56 on 15/01/2022
  • RT @ColetteGrace: in closing stages of production with @AnthemPress colleagues to ready the first edited volume in the Ethics of Personal D…

    - 11:24:56 on 14/01/2022
  • Coming soon! 'The Colonial and National Formations of the National College of Arts, Lahore, circa 1870s to 1960s' b… https://t.co/eNGfWdehrR

    - 11:24:56 on 14/01/2022
  • Don't miss the online launch of the Anthem title 'International LGBTQ+ Literature for Children and Young Adults' b… https://t.co/wzJbPINSMC

    - 11:24:56 on 13/01/2022
  • RT @NamrataChaturV: Prof. Luther Obrock's endorsement for our book recognizes the legacy and the living tradition of Kalidasa. #Kalidasa #P…

    - 11:24:56 on 13/01/2022
  • RT @GDP_Center: In 2012, the #BRICS made the momentous decision to establish their own financing mechanisms. Nearly 10 years on, what has b…

    - 11:24:56 on 13/01/2022
  • RT @jeremybassetti: 😷 In case you missed it, @whoknowsdave and @Gary_F_Fisher stopped by the podcast to talk about the volume they recently…

    - 11:24:56 on 12/01/2022
  • Tune-in to a podcast by @Gary_F_Fisher and David Robinson editors of the Anthem title 'Travel Writing in an Age of… https://t.co/1P8Zg8G6KI

    - 11:24:56 on 12/01/2022
  • Coming soon! 'The Gothic Literature and History of New England' by Faye Ringel surveys the origin, nature and futur… https://t.co/bxtbogcwTW

    - 11:24:56 on 11/01/2022
  • RT @EHayesdeKalaf: Delighted to see my new book 'Legal Identity, Race and Belonging in the Dominican Republic: From Citizen to Foreigner' f…

    - 11:24:56 on 08/01/2022

Comodo SSL