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Required Reading
Bruno Latour, The Pasteurization of France (trans. 1988); at least pages 1-28, which you can read on google books. Arguments based on this book can also be found in his "Give me a Laboratory and I will raise the World," available on-line

Dipesh Chakrabarty, "Postcoloniality and the Artifice of History: Who Speaks for 'Indian' Pasts?" Representations 37 (1992), 1-26.

Ted Steinberg, "Down to Earth: Nature, Agency, and Power in History," American Historical Review 107:3 (2002), 798-820.

Kate Brown, “A Place in Biography for Oneself,” American Historical Review 114 (June 2009), 596-605.

Further Suggestions
M.M. Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination (trans. 1981), especially pp. 285-300, and Rabelais and His World (trans. 1984). There is a large body of work on Bakhtin, for an introduction see Peter Burke, "Bakhtin for Historians," Social History 13:1 (1988) and Michael Holquist, Dialogism: Bakhtin and his World (1990; 2002).

Frederick Cooper, "Conflict and Connection: Rethinking African Colonial History," American Historical Review 99:5 (1994), 1516-1545.

Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life (1988); the introduction is available on-line here and chapter two is at e-reserves.

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970).

Paul Gilroy, Laurence Grossberg, and Angela MacRobbie, eds., Without Guarantees: In Honour of Stuart Hall (2000).

Ranajit Guha, ed., The Subaltern Studies Reader (1997) or Subaltern Studies: Writings on South Asian History and Society (1982).

Vaclav Havel, The Power of the Powerless (1985).

Dick Hebdige, Subculture: The Meaning of Style (1991).

Florencia Mallon, "The Promise and Dilemmas of Subaltern Studies: Perspectives from Latin American History," American Historical Review 99:5 (1994), 1491-1515.

Elinor Melville, A Plague of Sheep: Environmental Consequences of the Conquest of Mexico (1994).

Carolyn Merchant, Ecological Revolutions: Nature, Gender and Science in New England (1988). See also her environmental-history website.

Walter Mignolo, Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking (2000).

James C. Scott, Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance (1985).

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, "Can the Sub-Altern Speak?" in C. Nelson and L. Grossberg, eds., Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture (1988) also in Patrick Williams and Laura Chisman, eds., Colonial Discourses and Post-Colonial Theory (1993).


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