The notion of modernity hinges on a break with the past, such as superstitions, medieval worlds, and hierarchical traditions. It follows that modernity suggests the disenchantment of the world, yet the processes of modernity also create their own enchantments in the mapping and making of the modern world. Straddling a range of disciplines and perspectives, the essays in this edited volume eschew programmatic solutions, focusing instead in new ways on subjects of slavery and memory, global transformations and vernacular and vernacular modernity, imperial imperatives and nationalist knowledge, cosmopolitan politics and liberal democracy, and governmental effects and everyday affects. It is in these ways that the volume attempts to unravel the enchantments of modernity, in order to approach anew modernity's constitutive terms, formative limits, and particular possibilities.
Foreword Veena Das Introduction Huri Islamogly and Peter C. Perdue Chapter 1 Empire and Nation in Camparative Pespective: Frontier Administration in Eighteenth-Century China Peter C. Perdue Chapter 2 Administrative Practices between Religious and zstate Law on the Eastern Frontiers of the Ottoman Empire Dina Rizk Khoury Chapter 3 The Fate of Empires: Rethinking Mughals, Ottomans and Habsburgs Sanjay Subrahmanyam Chapter 4 Modernities Compared: State Transformations and Constitutions of Property in the Qing and Ottoman Empires Huri Islamoglu Chapter 5 When Strong Men Meet: Recruited Punjabis and Constrained Colonialism Rajit K. Mazumder Chapter 6 Administering the City, Policing Commerce Peter Carroll Chapter 7 Formal and Informal Mechanisms of Rule and Economic Development: The Qing Empire in Comparative Perspective R. Bin Wong Chapter 8 Heaven and the Administration of Things: Some Remarks on Law in the Tanzimat Era Serif Mardin Chapter 9 A World Made Simple: Law and Property in the Ottoman and Qing Empires Melissa Macauley Chapter 10 A History of Caste in South Asia: From Pre-colonial Polity to Biopolitical State Ananya Vajpeyi Index
Critical Asian Studies is devoted to in-depth studies of emergent social and cultural phenomena in the countries of the region. While recognizing the important ways in which the specific and often violent histories of the nation-state have influenced the social formations in this region, the hooks in this series also examine the processes of translation, exchange, boundary crossings in the linked identities and histories of the region. The authors in this series engage with social theory through ethnographically grounded research and archival work.