Governance Without Governmentality

Rochelle Pinto

in Between Empires

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780195690477
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081899 | DOI:
Governance Without Governmentality

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A dominant place in the description of the Goan cultural field until now has been occupied by elaborating the nature of the indigenous elite, in part because of what appears as the disinterested nature of state cultural policies in the nineteenth century. This contrasts sharply with accounts of the Inquisition that mark narratives of Goan cultural history from the sixteenth century, and those of censorship that characterize the experience of cultural production until the time of Liberation in 1961. This chapter argues that alongside the contingencies of imperial fortune, Portugal’s ambivalent reception of Enlightenment thought and of modern governmentality determined the space available to indigenous elites. It examines the role of religion and culture in Enlightenment thought, as well as the impact of Portuguese rule on the development of the Konkani language.

Keywords: Goan; Portuguese; governmentality; elite; Inquisition; Enlightenment; religion; culture; Konkani

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