1st Edition

The Subaltern Subject in Structured Historical Process Towards an Epistemological Approach

By Denzil Saldanha Copyright 2024

    This book addresses the epistemological analysis of subaltern subjectivity as constituting agency in structured historical processes from the perspective of an interpretation of Marxian and Gramscian holistic analysis. A theoretical framework drawn from the author’s work on Adivasi political consciousness, organization and action within the political economy of the region, covering close to two hundred years in the Thane district, Maharashtra.

    This title is co-published with Aakar Books. Print editions not for sale in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Bhutan)


    1. Introduction: The Scope and Theoretical Framework

    2. The Ontology of Socio-Economically Structured Reality

    3. History, Political Agency and the Process of Social Transformation

    4. The Epistemology of Collective Subjectivity from a Subaltern Consciousness Standpoint

    5. Conclusion: The Place of Subjectivity in the Social Transformation of Structure; Dialectical and Historical Materialism as the Exploration of the Whole





    Denzil Saldanha was formerly a Professor, Sociology of Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. His research interests have been in the areas of social movements; voluntary social action groups and development organizations; and elementary, non-formal and adult education. He has served as a member of state and national level committees, on the board of several academic and developmental institutions and organizations and as a consultant to government, funding agencies and international organizations.