Critiquing Subaltern Studies

African-origin CoupleHistory Blogger informs us about the rift within the Subaltern Studies Group (SSG) over the move of the group towards a post-modernist, post-orientalist critique thus displacing its material basis of history. This History Blogger argues is leading to a homogenisation of its own.

In other words, by eschewing the many relevant tenets of western historiography, the SSG have engaged in the very same kind of essentialist humanism which they have disavowed earlier, given their insistence in arguing for an independent consciousness and agency of the Subalterns. For, as many have mentioned, if the subaltern consciousness developed independently of both Indian and colonial elite political formulations, then one must also believe that such consciousness is a necessary part of all beings, a notion firmly rooted within the Enlightenment tradition.

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