Research Programs: Fellowships for University Teachers

Period of Performance

6/1/2011 - 5/31/2012

Funding Totals

$50,400.00 (approved)
$50,400.00 (awarded)

Political Economy and Social Science in Colonial Bengal

FAIN: FA-55026-10

Andrew Stephen Sartori
New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)

The project seeks to historicize the global dissemination of social science by focusing on the particular context of colonial Bengal. Rather than taking the epistemological status of social-scientific inquiry for granted, or focusing exclusively on the role of colonial domination in imposing forms of social-scientific rationality, the project more broadly explores the socio-historical conditions under which social science, and especially political economy, came to appear to provide the appropriate concepts with which to approach problems of human self-understanding. It is composed of three more specific studies: (1) the identification of Bengali "custom" as regulated by political-economic principles starting in the 1860s; (2) the development of a self-conscious social-scientific project in colonial civil society starting in the late 1860s; and (3) the role of political-economic and social-scientific concepts in the constitution of "Muslimness" in the early twentieth century.

Associated Products

Liberalism in Empire: An Alternative History (Book)
Title: Liberalism in Empire: An Alternative History
Author: Andrew Sartori
Abstract: N/A
Year: 2014
Publisher: University of California Press
Type: Single author monograph
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes