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Lineages of Political Society

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Partha Chatterjee, a pioneering theorist, is known for his wide disciplinary range, incorporating the concerns of South Asian studies, postcolonialism, the social sciences, and the humanities with remarkable dexterity. His versatility made his early work, Politics of the Governed, a widespread hit, and it continues to draw audiences in an era of genre-defying, globalized scholarship.Building on his theory of ",political society,", first developed in his Politics of the Governed, and reinforcing its salience to contemporary political debate, Chatterjee broadly critiques the past three hundred years of western political theoryincluding postcolonial studies, comparative history, and our current understanding of contemporary politicsto address a fundamental issue: can democracy be brought into being, or even fought for, in the image of Western democracy as it exists today? Through the example of postcolonial societies and their political evolution, particularly in India, Chatterjee challenges the certainty of liberal democratic theory, presenting a more realist view of its achievements and limitations. Rather than push an alternative theory (for Chatterjee resists all prejudices and preformed judgments), he rests solely within the realm of critique, seeking instead to prove political difference is not always evidence of philosophical and cultural backwardness outside of the West.

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Partha Chatterjee



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Partha Chatterjee, a pioneering theorist known for his disciplinary range, builds on his theory of "political society" and reinforces its salience to contemporary political debate. Dexterously incorporating the concerns of South Asian studies, postcolonialism, the social sciences, and the humanities, Chatterjee broadly critiques the past three hundred years of western political theory to ask, Can democracy be brought into being, or even fought for, in the image of Western democracy as it exists today?

Using the example of postcolonial societies and their political evolution, particularly communities within India, Chatterjee undermines the certainty of liberal democratic theory in favor of a realist view of its achievements and limitations. Rather than push an alternative theory, Chatterjee works solely within the realm of critique, proving political difference is not always evidence of philosophical and cultural backwardness outside of the West. Resisting all prejudices and preformed judgments, he deploys his trademark, genre-bending, provocative analysis to upend the assumptions of postcolonial studies, comparative history, and the common claims of contemporary politics.

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Titel: Lineages of Political Society
Untertitel: Studies in Postcolonial Democracy
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EAN: 9780231527910
ISBN: 978-0-231-52791-0
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Columbia University Press
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 384
Veröffentlichung: 29.11.2011
Jahr: 2011
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 33.4 MB