The Difference—Deferral of a Colonial Modernity

Dipesh Chakrabarty

in Tensions of Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780520205406
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918085 | DOI:
The Difference—Deferral of a Colonial Modernity

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This chapter focuses on colonial modernity and on debates concerning domesticity in British Bengal. It aims to provide a better understanding of nineteenth-century Bengali contestations over received bourgeois models for relating the personal to the public world of civil and political life. The chapter describes how the Bengali modern has negotiated the distinction between personal/domestic and communal/public in reconstituting itself within a world system fashioned by imperialism.

Keywords: colonial modernity; domesticity; British Bengal; bourgeois models; civil life; political life; imperialism

Chapter.  15720 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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