Title Other Landscapes: Colonialism and the Predicament of Authority in Nineteenth-Century South India
Book Condition New
Jacket Condition New
Publisher New Delhi, India Orient BlackSwan 2011
8125042024 / 9788125042020
Seller ID 101948
Other Landscapes investigates the ordering and disordering of colonial authority in South India during the nineteenth century. The colonisation of the Nilgiri hills required a landscape to be constituted within the colonial bureaucratic order. This landscape was organised by the imperatives of improvement and marked out by ethnographic, agricultural and arboreal typologies. It was against this scheme of people, property and resources that colonial legislation and settler occupation were to be consolidated. However, this imagined landscape over which legislation was passed could neither match nor capture the complexities of the many lives inhabiting the hills. In the spaces between legislation and the everyday, colonial authority was forced constantly to transgress of its own norms and principles. Violence, inefficiency, corruption and loss of profit seeped through the margins of colonial governance.Printed Pages: 256.
Other Landscapes: Colonialism and the Predicament of Authority in Nineteenth-Century South India Deborah Sutton