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Politics of Time: 'Primitives' and History-writing in a Colonial Society

Prathama Banerjee


This book is about the politics of time, the politics through which colonial modern societies attempt to make a time of their own. It is about the predicament of colonial modern practice caught between dreams of modernity and desire for difference. A significant part of the book is an analysis of the various ways, in which the colonized produce themselves as a modern historical nation, in negotiation with the ‘primitive’ within, just as at the same time ‘primitives’ are produced out of certain sections of the colonized population through various colonial modern technologies. The rest of the bo ... More

Keywords: politics of time, modernity, monetary rationality, colonial Bengal, Santal rebellions, Santal narrations, primitive, money

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195681567
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195681567.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Prathama Banerjee, author
Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi