Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
At the MarginsDiscourses of Development, Democracy, and Regionalism in Orissa$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jayanta Sengupta

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198099154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099154.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 08 December 2019

Introduction

Introduction

Imagined Communities of Language before and after Democracy—Problems and Perspectives from Orissa

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
At the Margins
Author(s):

Jayanta Sengupta

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099154.003.0001

This chapter sets forth the starting premise of this book–if Orissa was historically disadvantaged by administrative disunity, different patterns of rule in its constituent areas, and powerful cleavages between hill and coast, caste and tribe, British and Princely areas, and if such diversity made any pan-regional identity extremely difficult to forge, then how was Orissa able to pioneer the politics of linguistic regionalism under colonial rule, and to become, in fact, the first linguistic state of modern India in 1936? It then gives a brief overview of the social and political circumstances in the early twentieth century that made it possible to sustain an ‘imagined community’ of language. This is followed by an examination of the chequered career of this discursive construct in the period of postcolonial democracy.

Keywords:   colonialism, nationalism, regionalism, identity politics, imagined community, postcolonialism, democracy, development

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .