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- DescriptionIn 1909 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, on his way back to South Africa from London, wrote his w celebrated tract Hind Swaraj, laying out his vision for the future of India and famously rejecting the techlogical invations of Western civilization. Despite his protestations, Western techlogy endured and helped to make India one of the leading ecomies in our globalized world. Few would question the dominant role that techlogy plays in modern life, but to fully understand how India first advanced into techlogical modernity, argues David Arld, we must consider the techlogy of the everyday. Everyday Techlogy is a pioneering account of how small machines and consumer goods that originated in Europe and North America became objects of everyday use in India in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Rather than investigate big techlogies such as railways and irrigation projects, Arld examines the assimilation and appropriation of bicycles, rice mills, sewing machines, and typewriters in India, and follows their impact on the ways in which people worked and traveled, the clothes they wore, and the kinds of food they ate. But the effects of these machines were t limited to the daily rituals of Indian society, and Arld demonstrates how such small-scale techlogies became integral to new ways of thinking about class, race, and gender, as well as about the politics of colonial rule and Indian nationhood. Arld's fascinating book offers new perspectives on the globalization of modern techlogies and shows us that to truly understand what modernity became, we need to look at the everyday experiences of people in all walks of life, taking stock of how they repurposed small techlogies to reinvent their world and themselves.
- Author BiographyDavid Arnold is professor emeritus of Asian and global history in the Department of History at the University of Warwick. Among his numerous works are Science, Technology, and Medicine in Colonial India; Gandhi; and The Tropics and the Traveling Gaze: India, Landscape, and Science, 1800-1856.
- Author(s)David Arnold
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication02/07/2013
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series Titlescience.culture
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note22 halftones, 4 tables
- Weight399 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine23 mm
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