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Document Raj : writing and scribes in early colonial south India, Bhavani Raman

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Document Raj : writing and scribes in early colonial south India
Title
Document Raj
Title remainder
writing and scribes in early colonial south India
Statement of responsibility
Bhavani Raman
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Historians of British colonial rule in India have noted both the place of military might and the imposition of new cultural categories in the making of Empire, but Bhavani Raman, in Document Raj, uncovers a lesser-known story of power: the power of bureaucracy. Drawing on extensive archival research in the files of the East India Company's administrative offices in Madras, she tells the story of a bureaucracy gone awry in a fever of documentation practices that grew ever more abstract<U+0127> �and the power, both economic and cultural, this created. In order to assert its legitimacy and value within the British Empire, the East India Company was diligent about record keeping. Raman shows, however, that the sheer volume of their document production allowed colonial managers to subtly but substantively manipulate records for their own ends, increasingly drawing the real and the recorded further apart. While this administrative sleight of hand increased the company's reach and power within the Empire, it also bolstered profoundly new orientations to language, writing, memory, and pedagogy for the officers and Indian subordinates involved. Immersed in a subterranean world of delinquent scribes, translators, village accountants, and entrepreneurial fixers, Document Raj maps the shifting boundaries of the legible and illegible, the legal and illegitimate, that would usher India into the modern world.--
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Raman, Bhavani
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
South Asia across the disciplines
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • East India Company
  • Scribes
  • Tamil language
  • Documentation
  • Public administration
  • Accounting
  • Bureaucracy
Label
Document Raj : writing and scribes in early colonial south India, Bhavani Raman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-272) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- Scribal practice -- Cutcherry scribes -- Scribal skills -- Writing and pedagogy -- Cutcherry Tamil -- Schools and writing -- Document Raj -- Duplicity and evidence -- Addressing the Raj -- Conclusion
Control code
FIEb17601423
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 278 pages
Isbn
9780226703275
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)783150210
Label
Document Raj : writing and scribes in early colonial south India, Bhavani Raman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-272) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- Scribal practice -- Cutcherry scribes -- Scribal skills -- Writing and pedagogy -- Cutcherry Tamil -- Schools and writing -- Document Raj -- Duplicity and evidence -- Addressing the Raj -- Conclusion
Control code
FIEb17601423
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 278 pages
Isbn
9780226703275
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)783150210

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