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Lines of the Nation : Indian Railway Workers, Bureaucracy, and the Intimate Historical Self (Hardcover)

Author: Bear, Laura

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Indian railway institutions have had a profound effect on the political and domestic lives of railway workers. Drawing on historical and ethnographic research in the company town at Kharagpur and at the Eastern Railway headquarters in Kolkata (Calcutta), Laura Bear recasts the history of India's railways, long regarded as vectors of modernity and economic prosperity. In its classification of workers by caste, race, gender, and nationality, railway bureaucracy played a pivotal role in the creation of idioms of family history, kinship, and ethics, and its special categorization of Anglo-Indian workers still resonates today. From the design of carriages to the architecture of stations, racial employment hierarchies, and the construction of employee housing, Bear traces the impact of the railways on the formation of Indian nationalism, intimate sentiments, and popular memories.


Publisher Columbia Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780231140027
SKU 203955179
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0231140029
Release Date 12/10/2012
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0346
Publisher Columbia University Press
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