ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Colonial Power and Micro-Social Interactions-Nineteenth Century India

Colonial Power and Micro-Social Interactions Nineteenth Century India Sabyasachi Bhattacharya Theorising and historical narrativising have concentrated on the apparatuses and activities of the colonial In- dian government and on the 'state derivation' question in terms of the mode of production and the world capitalist system. This paper contends that analysis of the architecture of colonial power will remain incomplete unless it is sensitised to the process of its constitution at the micro-social level, in everyday life and the mundane actions of ordinary people, below the over-arching framework of the colonial state. An associated question that arises relates to how an agenda of micro-social investigation articulates with the study of the macro-structure.

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