Rules by Numbers: Governmentality in Colonial India

Bhushan Arekar


"The book is a timely intervention for academicians interested in understanding the Foucauldian approach to modern State formation. Research on colonial state-society relations from Marxist, liberal, postcolonial and feminist perspectives have thrown light on various aspects of colonial State. Resolutely Foucauldian in approach the book provides valuable introduction to the subject of governmentality and biopolitics in colonial state formation in India. The main focus of the book is on the production of statistical knowledge as a part of colonial governance in India using Foucault’s idea of governmentality."

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