A. Raghuramaraju

in Modernity in Indian Social Theory

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780198070122
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080014 | DOI:

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Contemporary India, unlike the West, despite opening itself to modernity, contains pre-modern institutions such as the family. This chapter analyses how the model of Western nationalism fails to realize some important aspects associated with Indian nationalism. It discusses one of the most influential works on this theme by Partha Chatterjee, whose works have revived Indian social theory. One of the underlying assumptions of Chatterjee's formulation is the construction of the monolithic West. This chapter revokes the relation between the idea of nationalism and Western societies and shows its discontinuities. This would entail opening up the contours of Chatterjee's discussion, going beyond its frame — the politics of the idea of nationalism in its transplanted context — so as to pose anew the question of the politics of this idea in its original context. The chapter also assesses the link between modernity and post-colonialism.

Keywords: India; West; nationalism; Partha Chatterjee; social theory; society; politics; modernity; post-colonialism

Chapter.  13372 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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