Geographies of Anticolonialism: Political Networks Across and Beyond South India, c. 1900‐1930. Andrew Davies. The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), London, UK and John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK; Hoboken NJ, USA, 2020, pp. x + 174. ISBN 978‐1‐119‐38155‐6 (pbk)

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Abstract

Geographies of Anticolonialism delves into a radical culture situated within and through the South Indian coastal city of Pondicherry. The stories and individual biographies (the book is centred around a ‘gang’ of four key anticolonial figures) that emerge are absorbing in themselves, from the alternative shipping routes of the Swadeshi Steam Navigation Company (SSNCo) to the radical publishing networks associated with the writings of Subramania Bharati, and speak to much wider debates around resistance and spatial politics. The historical geographies found within this early twentieth century context reflect a wide‐ranging repertoire of resistance, opening up the framing of anticolonialism to include a broader range of practices. Davies knits these histories together and illustrates how such actions were not always overtly oppositional, but clearly alternative, in the sorts of imaginaries and political articulations that were found within their making.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSingapore Journal of Tropical Geography
Early online date10 Dec 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Dec 2020

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