Science in a Colony: Concept and Contours

Deepak Kumar

in Science and the Raj

Second edition

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195687149
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081684 | DOI:
Science in a Colony: Concept and Contours

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As an extremely important historical process, colonization had wide-ranging effects on the polity, society, economy, etc. of a colony. Colonial science has often been considered as a dependent science in which the curiosity-oriented research in pure science is heavily superseded by a more result-oriented research in applied science. However, this definition is grossly insufficient. Colonial science is inextricably linked with the whole fabric of colonialism. This chapter discusses the concept and contours of colonial science, focusing on models of colonial science, the metropolis, and imperialism and imperial science. It also examines the role and place of the ‘tools’ or technology and ‘pure’ science in the history of imperialism, and considers pre-colonial science in India.

Keywords: colonization; colonial science; imperialism; imperial science; metropolis; technology; pre-colonial science; India

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