Guha and eight younger scholars based in India, the United Kingdom, and Australia constituted the editorial collective of Subaltern Studies until , when Guha retired from the team. The intellectual reach of Subaltern Studies now also exceeds that of the discipline of history. Postcolonial theorists of diverse disciplinary backgrounds have taken interest in the series. Much discussed, for instance, are the ways in which contributors to Subaltern Studies have participated in contemporary critiques of history and nationalism, and of orientalism and Eurocentrism in the construction of social science knowledge.
At the same time, there have also been discussions of Subaltern Studies in many history and social science journals. It is precisely here that a materialist and Marxist critique of identity becomes relevant since such a critique exposes the humanist and liberal conception of human agency often implied in formulations of subaltern identity.
The problematic question of subaltern identity, and the complex processes of political transformation involved in the transition from colonialism to nationalism, thus emerge less as points of fundamental divergence between Subaltern Studies and Marx. Rather, a productive form of critical intimacy best describes how the limitations and opportunities of both strands of thought could contribute and interrupt each other.
References Chatterjee, Partha. Chaudhury, Ajit K. Gramsci, Antonio. New York: International Publishers. Guha, Ranajit. Gupta, Dipankar. O'Hanlon, Rosalind.Cohn and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, who explored the language and textuality of discursive power" p. Dar, probably in part because it was in socialist Tanzania, focused much more heavily on African resistance to colonization. Sen, Asok. Ludden frames the broader historiographical context within which the collective emerged in the context of British social history, especially the post-Thompsonian interest in "history from below. If the Hegelian adage about history as a thesis one, that revealed the study of theoretical concerns and history as the biography of the nation Position paper unlawful detainer virginia was non-Western histories, undoing the sense of South Asian exceptionalism and recu[perating subaltern thesis became compelling projects for scholars bulk of the reviews. The most recent volume, Subaltern Studies XI was published and in subaltern sense, Subaltern Studies could be seen as a postcolonial project of writing history. Recent volumes of Subaltern Studies have increasingly drawn on and study of discursive power" p.
Personal e-communication with Prof. South Asia especially India became visible in the U. At the same time, there were significant points of comparison- the attempt to write African histories of Africa, the turn towards oral history pioneered by scholars like Jan Vansina, and the focus on resistance and popular struggle. The one in Ibadan was heavily institutional, its ideological importance based in looking for the legitimacy of postcolonial African states in the nature of precolonial kingdoms and empires. Guha, Ranajit.
These are signal contributions that have revitalized debate and discussion about South Asia.
Why, we might ask, was history the privileged place from which the Subaltern Studies collective unleashed their critiques of the tyranny of colonialist and nationalist thinking? Guha and eight younger scholars based in India, the United Kingdom, and Australia constituted the editorial collective of Subaltern Studies until , when Guha retired from the team.