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Bengal in Global Concept History: Culturalism in the Age of Capital

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Today people all over the globe invoke the concept of culture to make sense of their world, their social interactions, and themselves. But how did the culture concept become so ubiquitous? In this ambitious study, Andrew Sartori closely examines the history of political and intellectual life in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Bengal to show how the concept can take on a ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 15th 2008 by University of Chicago Press (first published 2008)
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Patrick
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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A must read for anyone interested in intellectual history. Theoretically rich and coming from a great intellectual tradition.
Nick
I wrote a massive, detailed response to this book on my blog. But its too big for goodreads, so I'll just leave the link and the first few paragraphs here: http://videshisutra.com/2014/02/28/be...

For those who are tempted to pick up this book as a primer on Bengali culture– put the book down. This is really a book not on culture, but culuralism, that is to say the social and political ideology that encompasses most of the Bengal Renaissance.

Without reservations I applaud Andrew Sartori for makin
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Dense and difficult to read, but the underlying concepts are fascinating.
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