Introduction: Subaltern political subjectivities

Marnix Beyen, Karen Lauwers, Sami Suodenjoki

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This introduction outlines the ways in which the volume at hand approaches subaltern political subjectivities in (proto-)democratic, autocratic, and colonial contexts. It defines political subjectivities as being formed by perceptions, knowledge, and expressions of power, as well as by experiences gained from communicating with authorities. Subalternity, approached from a broad Gramscian perspective, is viewed not as a passive, paralyzing state, but as a dynamic that can be placed on a sliding scale. Moreover, the introduction sheds light on previous works in the fields of subaltern studies, colonial history, the history of writing upwards, and the histories of experience, emotions, and the senses, all of which can contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the political engagement of subaltern people.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSubaltern political subjectivities and practices in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Subtitle of host publicationBetween loyalty and resistance
EditorsKaren Lauwers, Sami Suodenjoki, Marnix Beyen
Place of PublicationNew York and London
ISBN (Electronic)9781003290087
ISBN (Print)9781032268163, 9781032268255
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2023
Publication typeA3 Book chapter
EventSubaltern political knowledges 1770-1950 -
Duration: 20 Oct 2017 → …

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Modern History


OtherSubaltern political knowledges 1770-1950
Period20/10/17 → …

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