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New Subaltern PoliticsReconceptualizing Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India$
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Alf Gunvald Nilsen and Srila Roy

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199457557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199457557.001.0001

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For a Historical Sociology of State–Society Relations in the Study of Subaltern Politics

For a Historical Sociology of State–Society Relations in the Study of Subaltern Politics

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New Subaltern Politics
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Alf Gunvald Nilsen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199457557.003.0002

This chapter presents a dense historical and theoretical discussion of how state-society relations have been theorized in both the Subaltern Studies project and in more recent Foucauldian studies of subaltern politics. The chapter argues that both perspectives fail, to fully appreciate the production of subaltern political agency and its containment in and through the state, and how subalterns use the full resources of ‘democracy’ and ‘modernity’ available to them, traversing Chatterjee’s spatial divide of ‘civil’ and ‘political’ society. The chapter turns to Gramsci to provide a conceptual armoury capable, on the one hand, ‘of grasping how subaltern politics is always-already imbricated in state-society relations, and how, on the other hand, state-society relations simultaneously enable and constrain subaltern politics’.

Keywords:   state-society relations, hegemony, subalternity, Subaltern Studies, Foucault, Gramsci

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