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“Provincializing” Sociology: The Case of a Premature Postcolonial Sociologist

Postcolonial Sociology

ISBN: 978-1-78190-603-3, eISBN: 978-1-78190-604-0

Publication date: 12 February 2013


This essay seeks to extend the original gambit of this forum, of thinking possible modes of postcolonial sociology, unto a more relational terrain. It takes as its point of departure the vexed status of history in sociology and the hermeneutic suspicion of comparison in postcolonial theory. Any potential rapprochement between postcolonial theory and sociology must engage with the deeply incongruent status of history and comparison across these fields. I attempt to bridge this divide historically by revisiting an anti-imperial internationalist sociology forged in interwar colonial India. I seek thereby to show what Pierre Bourdieu called a “particular case of the possible” and to participate in ongoing efforts to “provincialize” sociology.


Goswami, M. (2013), "“Provincializing” Sociology: The Case of a Premature Postcolonial Sociologist", Go, J. (Ed.) Postcolonial Sociology (Political Power and Social Theory, Vol. 24), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 145-175.



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