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Science and the RajA Study of British India$
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Deepak Kumar

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195687149

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687149.001.0001

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Response and Resistance

Response and Resistance

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(p.180) Chapter 6 Response and Resistance
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Science and the Raj
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Deepak Kumar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687149.003.0006

Close contact with a vibrant foreign culture stirred the minds of the local people. A few individuals responded by publishing scientific books and journals, while some decided to organize scientific organizations and institutions. Edward Said has argued that power and knowledge relationships are linked to the relationship between the different types of texts (which are possessed and professed by the colonizers and the colonized). The context of colonization precludes the possibility of knowledge being used in a non-dominative way. Unlike Said, Homi Bhabha argues that colonial power and discourse does not belong entirely to the colonizer. He situates the kernel of colonial discourse in the conflict of knowledge/disavowal, power/disempowerment, absence/presence, mastery/defence. Cultural historians have discussed two concepts associated with imperialism: distance and difference. Moreover, Jagdish Bose tried to show how the values of modern science were congruent, rather than poles apart, with the Indian ethos.

Keywords:   science, Edward Said, colonization, imperialism, distance, difference, ethos, Homi Bhabha, knowledge, power

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