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Tensions of EmpireColonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World$
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Frederick Cooper and Ann Laura Stoler

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780520205406

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520205406.001.0001

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The Difference—Deferral of a Colonial Modernity

The Difference—Deferral of a Colonial Modernity

Public Debates on Domesticity in British Bengal

(p.373) 11 The Difference—Deferral of a Colonial Modernity
Tensions of Empire

Dipesh Chakrabarty

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on colonial modernity and on debates concerning domesticity in British Bengal. It aims to provide a better understanding of nineteenth-century Bengali contestations over received bourgeois models for relating the personal to the public world of civil and political life. The chapter describes how the Bengali modern has negotiated the distinction between personal/domestic and communal/public in reconstituting itself within a world system fashioned by imperialism.

Keywords:   colonial modernity, domesticity, British Bengal, bourgeois models, civil life, political life, imperialism

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