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Lineages of Political Society: Studies in Postcolonial Democracy (Hardback)

Partha Chatterjee

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ISBN 10: 0231158122 / ISBN 13: 9780231158121
Edité par Columbia University Press, United States, 2011
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780231158121

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Titre : Lineages of Political Society: Studies in ...

Éditeur : Columbia University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2011

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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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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Lucid, interlocking essays that reveal the ties between liberal political thought and the long history of western imperial rule.

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