Governing Without the Politics: Postcolonial Governmentality and the Indian Middle Classes

Basu,I. 2020. Governing Without the Politics: Postcolonial Governmentality and the Indian Middle Classes. in: Teo, T.-A. and Wynne-Hughes, E. (ed.) Postcolonial Governmentalities London Rowman & Littlefield.

Chapter titleGoverning Without the Politics: Postcolonial Governmentality and the Indian Middle Classes
AuthorsBasu,I.
EditorsTeo, T.-A. and Wynne-Hughes, E.
Abstract

The chapter in this edited volume on how governmentaliy and postcolonial approaches can be brought together inquires on the making of elite governmentality in 19th century India. The chapter argues that both elite and colonial governmentality competed to rule and govern Indian society. By exploring debates on public issues from press freedom to recruitment in civil service across two periods 1857-1914 and 1914-1947, the chapter shows how Indian elite governmentality in tandem with colonial governmentality distinguished elite led governance as formal and rational and mass representation as informal and irrational, thus, laying the foundations of the postcolonial Indian state.

KeywordsGovernmentality, Elites, Formal and Informal governance
Book titlePostcolonial Governmentalities
Year2020
PublisherRowman & Littlefield
Publication dates
Published18 Feb 2020
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781786606822
9781786606839
9781786606846
Web address (URL)https://rowman.com/isbn/9781786606846

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