On the decline of class analysis in south asian studies

Vivek Chibber

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    The advance and retreat of class analysis in South Asia scholarship has been tied to the fate of class more generally in the intellectual culture. The internationalization of the fields came at a time when there was a greater space for scholars from the Global South, but when interest in class theory was in rapid decline. Even more, the Left was turning firmly toward a culturalist bent. The inclusion of gender, race, etc., as central to radical analysis could have led to a deepening of the class-based agenda of the 1970s and for a brief spell it did. Karl Marx was guilty of assuming highly deterministic relations between class structure and class formation or between class-in-itself and class-for-itself, as the jargon would have it. Class analysis was practiced only within a small slice of it, and this was an increasingly marginal component of the academic mainstream.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationWhatever Happened to Class?
    Subtitle of host publicationReflections from South Asia
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages26
    ISBN (Electronic)9781317850793
    ISBN (Print)9781138987067
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
    • General Business, Management and Accounting
    • General Social Sciences


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