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In the Arts of the Contact Zone Mary Louise Pratt has tried to explain the concepts of the contact zone which she referred to as the space of colonial encounters This social space that she speaks about is a stage where disparate cultures meet clash and grapple each other often in highly asymmetrical relations of domination and subordination Pratt aims to highlight these relations between the colonizer and the colonized in terms of copresence interaction interlocking understandings and practices There often are conflicts of views and ideas the very concept of existence maybe apprehended differently by the two involved subjects in the contact zoneThe inability of the colonizer to comprehend the cultural sentiments or the intentional ignorance for selfish interests towards the colonized subjects has often given rise to great revolutions and bitter revolts To illustrate this idea one might examine the colonial encounter between the British and the Indians The contact of two races so dissimlar in character in culture and institutions as the English and the Indian raises the problem of the contact of cultures in its most acute forms Spear 22 The problem in India was complicated by numerous factors The strangeness of the environment the differences in the national character of the two groups and the differences in the social and political institutions were the few that played an important part The English found the eastern environment very unusual Their habits of daily life their deit dress amusements and all other social interests recreations and amenities of life were completely foreign and had nothing to do with those of the Indians Britain at the time was a growing nation in possession of the techniques organization and energy which would enable her to become a world power She was in the midst of a political social and economical transformation Britains transformation was of great importance to the development of new attitudes towards India The designs of the English became more imperial and
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