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Document RajWriting and Scribes in Early Colonial South India$
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Bhavani Raman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226703275

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226703299.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.193) Conclusion
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Document Raj
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Bhavani Raman

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226703299.003.0008

This final chapter argues that the East India Company's document raj was a dynamic textual polity that represented a new disposition to writing. Through analysis of the micro-practices of the textual polity, the book has demonstrated writing to be more conducive to the exercise of discretion than what is commonly assumed. It has demonstrated the juridical value of documents, the certificate regime of the early colonial state, and the prism of counterfeit.

Keywords:   textual polity, supplicatory petitions, historiography, judicial value, middling class, native agents, investigative early colonial state, documents

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