"Provincializing" sociology: The case of a premature postcolonial sociologist

Manu Goswami

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    This essay seeks to extend the original gambit of this forum, of thinking possible modes of postcolonial sociology, unto a more relational terrain. It takes as its point of departure the vexed status of history in sociology and the hermeneutic suspicion of comparison in postcolonial theory. Any potential rapprochement between postcolonial theory and sociology must engage with the deeply incongruent status of history and comparison across these fields. I attempt to bridge this divide historically by revisiting an anti-imperial internationalist sociology forged in interwar colonial India. I seek thereby to show what Pierre Bourdieu called a "particular case of the possible" and to participate in ongoing efforts to "provincialize" sociology.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationPostcolonial Sociology
    EditorsJulian Go
    Number of pages31
    StatePublished - 2013

    Publication series

    NamePolitical Power and Social Theory
    ISSN (Print)0198-8719

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations


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