Third World Protest: Between Home and the World

Paperback | June 21, 2012

byRahul Rao

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If boundaries protect us from threats, how should we think about the boundaries of states in a world where threats to human rights emanate from both outside the state and the state itself? Arguing that attitudes towards boundaries are premised on assumptions about the locus of threats to vitalinterests, Rahul Rao digs beneath two major normative orientations towards boundaries-cosmopolitanism and nationalism-which structure thinking on questions of public policy and identity. Insofar as the Third World is concerned, hegemonic versions of both orientations are underpinned by simplisticimageries of threat. In the cosmopolitan gaze, political and economic crises in the Third World are attributed mainly to factors internal to the Third World state with the international playing the role of heroic saviour. In Third World nationalist imagery, the international is portrayed as a realm of neo-imperialistpredation from which the domestic has to be secured. Both images capture widely held intuitions about the sources of threats to human rights, but each by itself provides a resolutely partial inventory of these threats. By juxtaposing critical accounts of both discourses, Rao argues that protestsensibilities in the current conjuncture must be critical of hegemonic variants of both cosmopolitanism and nationalism. The second half of the book illustrates what such a critique might look like. Journeying through the writings of James Joyce, Rabindranath Tagore, Edward Said and Frantz Fanon,the activism of 'anti-globalisation' protesters, and the dilemmas of queer rights activists, Rao demonstrates that important currents of Third World protest have long battled against both the international and the domestic, in a manner that combines nationalist and cosmopolitan sensibilities.

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If boundaries protect us from threats, how should we think about the boundaries of states in a world where threats to human rights emanate from both outside the state and the state itself? Arguing that attitudes towards boundaries are premised on assumptions about the locus of threats to vitalinterests, Rahul Rao digs beneath two major...

Rahul Rao has a law degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, and a doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford. He is a Lecturer in Security Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pagesPublished:June 21, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199650543

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. IntroductionPart I2. The Dark Sides of Cosmopolitanism3. The Dark Sides of CommunitarianismIntermezzoPart II4. Born Sneerers or Ironic Nationalists? Joyce, Tagore, Said, Fanon5. Indigenous Insurgents and Rioting Ryots: Class and nation in 'anti-globalisation protest6. Queer in the Time of Terror7. ConclusionReferences