The Imaginary Institution of India: Politics and Ideas by Sudipta Kaviraj

The Imaginary Institution of India: Politics and Ideas

bySudipta Kaviraj

Kobo ebook | April 22, 2010

Pricing and Purchase Info

$33.59 online 
$41.99 list price save 20%

Available for download

Not available in stores

about

For decades Sudipta Kaviraj has worked with and improved upon Marxist and subaltern studies, capturing India's social and political life through its diverse history and culture. While this technique has been widely celebrated in his home country, Kaviraj's essays have remained largely scattered and untranslated abroad. This collection finally presents his work to English-speaking readers and, in doing so, reasserts the brilliance of his approach.

As evidenced in these essays, Kaviraj's exceptional strategy positions Indian politics within the political philosophy of the West and alongside the perspectives of Indian history and indigenous political thought. Studies include the peculiar nature of Indian democracy; the specific aspects of Jawaharlal Nehru's and Indira Gandhi's regimes; political culture in independent India; the construction of colonial power; the relationship between state, society, and discourse; the structure of nationalist discourse; language and identity formation in Indian contexts; the link between development and democracy, or democratic functioning; and the interaction among religion, politics, and modernity in South Asia. Each of these essays explores the place of politics in the social life of modern India and is powered by the idea that Indian politics is plastic, reflecting and shaping the world in which people live.

Sudipta Kaviraj is professor of Indian politics and intellectual history at Columbia University. He has taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and was an Agatha Harrison Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford.
Loading
Title:The Imaginary Institution of India: Politics and IdeasFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 22, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231526512

ISBN - 13:9780231526517

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Kaviraj's narrative about the state in India is an important one, and it is high time these influential papers were collected in one volume.