What is subaltern?

  • (noun): A British commissioned army officer below the rank of captain.
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A subaltern is a primarily British military term for a junior officer. Literally meaning "subordinate," subaltern is used to describe commissioned officers below the rank of captain and generally comprises the various grades of lieutenant.

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Subaltern (postcolonialism) - Denotations
... In Post-colonial theory, the term Subaltern describes the lower classes and the social groups who are at the margins of a society — a subaltern is a person rendered ... subaltern is not just a classy word for “oppressed”, for Other, for somebody who’s not getting a piece of the pie ... terms, everything that has limited or no access to the cultural imperialism is subaltern — a space of difference ...
Subaltern Studies
... The Subaltern Studies Group (SSG) or Subaltern Studies Collective is a group of South Asian scholars interested in the postcolonial and post-imperial societies with a ... The term Subaltern Studies is sometimes also applied more broadly to others who share many of their views ...
Policja - Rank Structure
... Sergeant Senior sergeant Staff sergeant Junior subaltern Subaltern Senior subaltern Staff subaltern Junior supervisory officers Senior supervisory officers Staff officers Shoulder insignia for every day ...
Latin American Subaltern Studies
... Latin American subaltern studies was a group founded in 1992 by John Beverley and Ileana Rodríguez ... Inspired by the South Asian Subaltern Studies group, its aim was to apply a similar perspective to Latin American studies ... limits of elite historiography in relation to the subaltern" (112) ...

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    I don’t have to pound on that thick skull of yours and make big speeches as to what this mission means to us. I think you know. If you do good, it means the lives of several thousand men, so do good.
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