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This section of the book contains a list of terms of the book titled Notions of Nationhood in Bengal. The story of nationhood in Bengal traces how the notion of a nation was produced through a complex interaction between reorientations of past (socio-cultural) unities, and influences emanating from the late colonial situation, thereby shifting the focus from assumptions of the nation as an artefact of modernity. The definition of the nation as a cultural entity, historically rooted in the evolution of samaj involves a shift from theoretical imaginings influenced by Saidian perspectives which see the nation through a political prism subject to the overwhelming sway of the state.

Keywords: cultural entity; nationalism; samaj



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