Response and Resistance

Deepak Kumar

in Science and the Raj

Second edition

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195687149
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081684 | DOI:
Response and Resistance

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Close contact with a vibrant foreign culture stirred the minds of the local people. A few individuals responded by publishing scientific books and journals, while some decided to organize scientific organizations and institutions. Edward Said has argued that power and knowledge relationships are linked to the relationship between the different types of texts (which are possessed and professed by the colonizers and the colonized). The context of colonization precludes the possibility of knowledge being used in a non-dominative way. Unlike Said, Homi Bhabha argues that colonial power and discourse does not belong entirely to the colonizer. He situates the kernel of colonial discourse in the conflict of knowledge/disavowal, power/disempowerment, absence/presence, mastery/defence. Cultural historians have discussed two concepts associated with imperialism: distance and difference. Moreover, Jagdish Bose tried to show how the values of modern science were congruent, rather than poles apart, with the Indian ethos.

Keywords: science; Edward Said; colonization; imperialism; distance; difference; ethos; Homi Bhabha; knowledge; power

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