Lineages of Political Society: Studies in Postcolonial Democracy by Partha ChatterjeeLineages of Political Society: Studies in Postcolonial Democracy by Partha Chatterjee

Lineages of Political Society: Studies in Postcolonial Democracy

byPartha Chatterjee

Paperback | November 29, 2011

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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.

Partha Chatterjee is honorary professor of political science at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and professor of anthropology at Columbia University. His books include Empire and Nation: Selected Essays; The Politics of the Governed: Reflections on Popular Politics in Most of the World; A Possible India: Essays in...
Title:Lineages of Political Society: Studies in Postcolonial DemocracyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pagesPublished:November 29, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231158130

ISBN - 13:9780231158138


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A fascinating look at international politics and the reality of democracy through the world.