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Civilizing Natures: Race, Resources, and Modernity in Colonial South India
Science was a central pillar of colonialism, but the converse holds true as well: colonialism profoundly shaped the character of nineteenth-century science. Civilizing Natures unravels unexpected relationships between science, technology, and administrative systems in colonial India from the 1850s to the 1930s, deepening our perspective on continuing conflicts over race, r ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 8th 2003 by Rutgers University Press
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Postcolonial studies ahead of its time. Civilizing Natures connects longstanding concerns of postcolonial studies: how historical relations of colonialism shape our knowledge of people, bodies, culture, land, and science and reshape lifeworlds of both colonizer and colonized (oversimplified dualism will have to stand for the goodreads review). Civilizing Natures also importantly shows how political economy -- relations of money making and livelihood -- shaped that knowledge. In an intellectual l ...more