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Title: Public spaces and discursive practices in colonial Delhi 1860-1915
Author: Bhasin, Gurpreet
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 2008
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In this thesis I explore why public spaces were important for the colonial state and for Indians in Delhi and I examine how the various inhabitants of the city discursively constructed these spaces and participated in them in order to fulfil specific cultural and political objectives. I look closely at encounters between the British and the Indians in public spaces in the context of religious processions in the late nineteenth century and in the context of political activities and the growth of print culture in the early twentieth century in order to show how public spaces were constructed by multiple and complex discourses and discursive practices. I analyse how the colonial state defined its roles in the public spaces of Delhi in response to the evolving cultural and political ambitions of the Indians and I explore how the Indians, not only contributed to the formation of the colonial state, but also how they mobilised a range of resources and strategies and positioned themselves in a number of discursive networks in order to construct and participate in colonial public spaces.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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