Periodisation as Dialectic in a Peasant Discourse from Late Colonial India

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March 29, 2018

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Preprint Milinda Banerjee A periodization-scheme, like any other kind of concept-work, may bear either (or often, both) the traces of imposing mastery—through the stratification and government of time—or (as well as) the apertures for rupturing and surpassing mastery.[1] Such dialectics often involve negotiations of force. Among recent reflections on concept-work, Ann Stoler, for example, has highlighted the “relations of force” through which concepts gain traction and achieve stability an...

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