Organizing Empire: Individualism, Collective Agency & India

By: Purnima Bose

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Organizing Empire critically examines how concepts of individualism functioned to support and resist British imperialism in India. Through readings of British colonial and Indian nationalist narratives that emerged in parliamentary debates, popular colonial histories, newslettes, memoirs, biographies, and novels, Purnima Bose investigates the ramifications of reducing collective activism to individual intentions. Paying particular attention to the construction of gender, she shows that ideas of individualism rhetorically and theoretically bind colonials, feminists, nationalists, and neocolonials to one another. She demonstrates how reliance on ideas of the individual - as scapegoat or hero - enabled colonial and neocolonial powers to deny the violence that they perpetrated. At the same time, she shows how analyses of the role of the individual provide a window into the dynamics and limitations of state formations and feminist and nationalist resistance movements. From a historically grounded feminist perspective, Bose offers four case studies, each of which illuminates a distinct individualising rhetorical strategy. She looks at the parliamentary debates on the Amritsar Massacre of 1919, in which several hundred unarmed Indian protestors were killed; Margaret Cousin's firsthand account of feminist organizing in Ireland and India; Kalpana Dutt's memoir of the Bengali Terrorist Movement of the 1930s, which was modeled in part on Irish anti-colonial activity, and the popular histories generated by ex-colonial officials and their wives. Bringing to the fore the constraints that colonial domination placed upon agency and activism, Organizing Empire highlights the complexity of the multiple narratives that constitute Britihs colonial history. Contents Acknowledgements Introduction 1 Rogue-Colonial Individualism: General Dyer, Colonial Masculinity, Intentionality, and the Amritsar Massacre 2 Feminist-Nationalist Individualism: Margaret Cousins, Activism, and Witnessing 3. Heroic-Nationalist Individualism: Kalpana Dutt, Gender and the Bengali Printed Pages: 290.

Title: Organizing Empire: Individualism, Collective Agency & India

Author Name: Purnima Bose

Categories: India, History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Zubaan:

ISBN: 8189884018

ISBN 13: 9788189884017

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 140 x 215 Mm

Seller ID: 034014

Keywords: Empire India