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The Work of Theory

Tackling the question of how to recalibrate the relationship between history and theory in our favour without falling into the trap of either an unqualified universalism or a naïve historicism, this article proposes that we move from the position of being a critic of Western theory to that of being a composer and assembler of a new theory from different sources and different histories.

Escaping the Artifice of the Nation

of the Nation Prathama Banerjee simply speaking, though his argument is anything but simplistic, Sartori argues that culture appeared, by the 19th century, as the name for productive and creative human labour that promised to free humanity from the state of nature. In that, it was indeed central to the capitalist mode Currently, historians of south Asia are struggling to liberate history from the nation. This is more than an effort to escape the thrall of nationalist history and nationalist ideology. That, indeed, was an earlier attempt. Marxist historians of the 1960s and 1970s questioned nationalism as an ideology by foregrounding the elite class character of the nation. Subaltern studies historians of the 1980s and 1990s productively

The Social Sciences in Post-1947 India

A panel discussion at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, recently debated why the social sciences in India have failed to generate a sense of contemporary history. However, many of the issues raised were not addressed by the gathering and a wider collective thinking is necessary.
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