Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Liberal Studies


Tomohisa Hattori

Subject Categories

Other Sociology | Political Science | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Sociology


Colonial, Electorate, Identity, India, Partition, Raj


In 1947, the British colony of India was declared independent and emerged as two separate states, Pakistan and India. To examine this event, I ask what material cause(s) made possible the institutional separation between these two new states. To approach this question, I will review the process of political identity formation from the upheaval of 1857 to the 1947 partition. In so doing, I argue that the system of categorizing those who were under British colonial rule manufactured a particular set of political identities on the Indian subcontinent.



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