In this scrupulous and perceptive analysis, Vivek Chibber successfully shows that the 'universalizing categories of Enlightenment thought' emerge unscathed from the criticisms of postcolonial theorists. Chibber's analysis provides a very valuable account of the actual historical sociology of modern European development, of Indian peasant mobilization and activism, and much else. It is a very significant contribution. --Noam Chomsky
Vivek Chibber has written a stunning critique of postcolonial theory as represented by the Subaltern Studies school. This is a bravura performance that cannot help but shake up our intellectual and political landscape. --Robert Brenner
In this must-read book for students of comparative politics and social theory, Vivek Chibber presents a forceful challenge to the Subaltern Studies school and to postcolonial theory more broadly. This is a major contribution that is bound to reshape debate on these important issues. --Joshua Cohen
About the Author
Vivek Chibber is Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University. He has contributed to, among others, the Socialist Register, American Journal of Sociology, Boston Review and New Left Review. His book Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India won the 2005 Barrington Moore Book Award and was one of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles of 2004.