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Society and Circulation: Mobile People and Itinerant Cultures in South Asia, 1750-1950

 
Jacques Pouchepadass (Author) Claude Markovits (Author)
Synopsis The idea of an 'eternal India', based on stable and unchanging villages, has been in disarray for at least two decades. However, having demolished this myth, historians have been rather less able to construct an alternative positive vision. This volume sets out to do so, using the idea of ‘circulation’ in relation to South Asia in the colonial period. It comprises a set of complementary essays which deal with merchant circulation, pilgrimages, cartography, policing, labour mobility, and the movement of itinerant groups-from colonial administrators to wandering bards-and demonstrates that the South Asia of this period was made and remade by changing patterns and the logic of circulation. Once this perspective is integrated into the analysis of society, new and disturbing questions emerge on issues such as culture, identity, and ethnogenesis, which are normally treated in the context of fixed and stable societies. The essays in this volume, written by some of the leading authorities in South Asian history, are hence pathbreaking in suggesting the outlines of a different framework for historical analysis. This volume will interest not only South Asianists but also those interested in historical method as well as wider comparative perspectives on early modern and contemporary history.
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About the authors

Jacques Pouchepadass

Jacques Pouchepadass is Head, Department of Social Sciences, French Institute, Pondicherry.

Claude Markovits

Claude Markovits is the author of Indian Business and Nationalist Politics (1985) and The Global World of Indian Merchants (2000). He has co-edited Society and Circulation: Mobile People and Itinerant Cultures in South Asia 1750-1950 (2003).

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Bibliographic information

Title Society and Circulation: Mobile People and Itinerant Cultures in South Asia, 1750-1950
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 9788178240398
length xii+364p., Maps; Illustrations; 23 cm.
Subjects History