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Society and Circulation

Mobile People and Itinerant Cultures in South Asia, 1750-1950

Edited by Claude Markovits, Jacques Pouchepadass and Sanjay Subrahmanyam

Society and Circulation

A collection of historical essays on India, brought together by the common theme of 'circulation'.

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9781843312314
October 2006 | 380 Pages | 234 x 155mm / 9.2 x 6.1 | 2+ maps
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About This Book

The idea of an 'eternal India', based on stable and unchanging villages, has been in disarray for at least two decades. However, having demolished this myth, historians have been rather less able to construct an alternative vision. This volume sets out to do just that, using the idea of 'circulation' in relation to South Asia in the colonial period. It comprises a set of complementary essays which deal with merchant circulation, pilgrimages, cartography, policing, labour mobility and the movement of itinerant groups from colonial administrators to wandering bards, demonstrating that the South Asia of this period was made and remade by changing patterns and the logic of circulation. Once this perspective is integrated into the analysis of society, new and disturbing questions emerge on issues such as culture, identity and ethnogenesis, which are normally treated in the context of fixed and stable societies. The essays in this volume - written by some of the leading authorities in South Asian history - break new ground in suggesting the outlines of a different framework for historical analysis.

Readership:  A must read for students of development economics, professionals in the sector and policy-makers alike.

Author Information

Claude Markovitz and Jacques Pouchepadass both hold the position of Directeur de Recherche at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Paris. Sanjay Subrahmanyam is Directeur d’Etudes at the Ecole des Hautes en Science Sociales, Paris.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors; Preface; 1. Introduction: Circulation and Society under Colonial Rule; 2. Circulation and the Emergence of Modern Mapping: Great Britain and Early Colonial India, 1764-1820; Labour Circulation: Labour Circulation between Sri Lanka and South India in Historical Perspective; 4. Circulation through Seafaring: Indian Seamen, 1890-1945; Pattern of Circulation among Merchants: Merchant Circulation in South Asia (Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries): The Rise of Pan-Indian Merchant Networks; 6. Predicaments of Mobility: Peddlers and Itinerants in Nineteenth-century Northwestern India; The State and Circulation: 7. Circulation and Authority: Police, Public Space and Territorial Control in the Punjab, 1861-1920; 8. Intinerant Kings and Touring Officials: Circulation as a Modality of Power in India, 1700-1947; Tellers of Tales, Sellers of Tales: Bhojpuri Peddlers in Northern India; 10. Circulation, Piety and Innovation: Recounting Travels in Early Nineteenth-century South India