Imagining India

Imagining India

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"An important book, a major work, that must be read and absorbed by those involved in scholarship, or any critical enterprise." -The Independent How does the Western world represent India? To what extent is knowledge of the people and institutions of the Indian sub-continent based on the West's own desires for world hegemony, and fantasies about its rationality? In this controversial and widely-praised book, Inden argues that the West's major depictions of India as the civilization of caste, villages, spiritualism, and divine kings-and as a land dominated by imagination rather than reason-have had the effect of depriving Indians of their capacity to rule their world, which has consequently been appropriated by those in the West who wish to dominate it. First published in 1990, Imagining India is required reading in many university courses. This edition contains a new introduction.show more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 16mm | 421.84g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 5th ed.
  • 0253213584
  • 9780253213587
  • 713,354

About Ronald B. Inden

Ronald Inden is Professor of South Asian History at the University of Chicago.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Plan of the Book 1 Knowledge of India and Human Agency Essences Agents: Systems of Overlapping Classes Orientalist Discourse 2 India in Asia: The Caste Society The Orients Empirical, Real India: The Ruling Ideas Romantic India Dissenting and Changing Views 3 Hinduism: The Mind of India Male Manager, Female Jungle: European Science and Indian Religion Psychic Origins Brahmanism, the Aryan Mind in the Tropics Hinduism, Symbols for the People Medieval Decline, The Dravidian Mind Triumphant Jungians and Structuralists: Today's Variants Critical Summary 4 Village India, Living Essence of the Ancient Idyllic Communities Organic Inside, Atomic Outside Caste's Political Economy Nationalist and Post-Independence Depictions Critique 5 Divine Kingship, the Hindu Type of Government Nation State, Natural State Absolute Monarchy, Instrument of the Caste Society Clan Monarchy, the Post-tribal State Imperial Monarchy, Western Order int he East Imperial Death and National Rebirth Independence and the Discovery of the Third World 6 Reconstructions From Patients to Agents The Imperial Formation of the Rashtrakutas Conquering the Quarters Concluding Remarks Bibliography Indexshow more

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