Good Parsi The Fate of a Colonial Elite in a Postcolonial Society

ISBN-10: 0674356764

ISBN-13: 9780674356764

Edition: 1996

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Description: During the Raj, one group stands out as having prospered and thrived because of British rule: the Parsis. Driven out of Persia into India a thousand years ago, the Zoroastrian people adopted the manners, dress, and aspirations of their British colonizers, and their Anglophilic activities ranged from cricket to Oxford to tea. The British were fulsome in their praise of the Parsis and rewarded them with high-level financial, mercantile, and bureaucratic posts. The Parsis dominated Bombay for more than a century. But Indian independence ushered in their decline. Tanya Luhrmann vividly portrays a crisis of confidence, of self-criticism, and perpetual agonizing. This story highlights the dilemmas and paradoxes of all who danced the colonial tango. Luhrmann's analysis brings startling insights into a whole range of communal and individual identity crises and what could be called "identity politics" of this century. In a candid last chapter the author confronts another elite in crisis: an anthropology in flux, uncertain of its own authority and its relation to the colonizers.

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Book details

List price: $40.50
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 8/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Preface
Prologue: Fateful Embraces
The Current Community
In the Beginning
The Power and the Glory
We Are Not What We Were
Uncomfortable Realities
On Postcolonial Identity
Anthropological Repositionings
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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