The Historical Community Of Print Culture Essay

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In 1983, historian Benedict Anderson published Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism and argued that print capitalism (i.e. print culture) made it possible for people to control the language of a community. Print culture served as a method of control to dominate the language people used to define the world around them because people created new frames of dialogue. The concept shook the historical community and scholars started to debate the issue in numerous books and articles. Historian Partha Chatterjee, a professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, became very critical of Anderson’s work and wrote The Nation and its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories in 1993. He argued that Asian and African nationalism was based on difference because of the cultural differences of Bengali and other groups. For instance, the Bengali viewed their colonial masters in a different light and adopted British culture and viewed them as culturally and racially superior. Throughout his text, Chatterjee demonstrates a strong theoretical background and adopts some of Foucault’s power discourses to illustrate how identity forms in 19th century Bengal through several interesting case studies. He wants to decolonized the mindset of people in a postcolonial context and he focuses on the middle class. However, this is quite problematic because looks a middle class caste within a multiple -level…

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