Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
India and the British Empire$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Douglas M. Peers and Nandini Gooptu

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259885.001.0001

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

Knowledge Formation in Colonial India

Knowledge Formation in Colonial India

Chapter:
(p.75) 4 Knowledge Formation in Colonial India
Source:
India and the British Empire
Author(s):

Norbert Peabody

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259885.003.0004

This chapter argues that it is no longer tenable to insist that the forms of knowledge through which colonial rule was established were fully European in origin and development but, rather, they were created out of conditions that entailed considerable collaboration — intended and unintended, conscious and unconscious, wanted and unwanted — between the British and, at least, certain key indigenous groups. These Indian groups were often able to harness, redirect, and shape aspects of the emergent forms of knowledge that were being created during the colonial encounter in order to establish and/or deepen a privileged position in local society that itself was divided along various lines including class, status, party and gender. By working through and, in some cases, beyond conditions of possibility raised by the colonial encounter, Indian actors exercised substantial, but often unacknowledged, agency in the formation of colonial knowledge.

Keywords:   orientalism, knowledge systems, discourse theory, governmentality, agency, colonial India

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 .