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1 Nivedita Menon, Aditya Nigam & Sanjay Palshikar (Eds)
Critical Studies in Politics: Exploring Sites, Selves, Power
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2014; 8125052704 / 9788125052708; Hardcover; New; New; 
Critical Studies in Politics is a collection of essays that redefines the discipline of political science. It brings into view objects of study not normally visible to the discipline, through a creative engagement with other disciplinary formations. The volume is divided into four broad intersecting sections. The question of constructions of selfhood emerges as a central pre-occupation in the first titled ‘Exploring Selfhood'. The essays in this section--ranging from the modern Dalit self to the construction of the Asura over time--investigate the construction of the Self in the face of the Other; and looks at selfhood, not so much as a question of past cultural memory but as self-fashioning in the present. The second section--'Spatiality and Power'--analyses the idea of spatiality and explains its relationship with power. It discusses issues ranging from urbanisation and the politics of SEZs, to the entry of cinema halls in Delhi, and its implications for the formation of the 'public'. The third section titled 'State and Governmentality' examines state practices as they render legible various aspects of populations--from prison labour under colonialism to the organisation of official memory by the postcolonial state. 'Reconfiguring Categories of Thought'--the final section--seeks to unsettle conceptual categories such as 'capitalism', 'science', 'politics' and 'development'. Located in the 'interstices of disciplines', these essays by scholars from mainstream political science departments are at once contemporary and historical. This volume will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, film and culture studies, gender studies and anthropology.Printed Pages: 564. 101978

Price: 28.00 USD
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2 Partha Chatterjee; with an Introduction By Nivedita Menon
Empire and Nation: Essential Writings, 1985-2005
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2010; 8178242672 / 9788178242675; First Indian Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
This book brings together some of the most significant and best-known writings of Partha Chatterjee. It includes his pathbreaking interventions in the theoretical analysis of nationalism, as well as several of his pieces on the political, intellectual, and cultural history of nationalism. The volume also contains Chatterjee’s provocative and theoretically innovative essays analysing the phenomenon of democracy in a post-colonial country like India. There are also examples of his early engagement with agrarian politics, and his life-long participation in the project of Subaltern Studies. A special feature of this book is the sampling it provides of Partha Chatterjee’s best short journalistic pieces, of humorous and stylistically brilliant book reviews, and the first translations into English of some of his Bengali essays. This is the most comprehensive single volume encompassing the full range of the work of one of India’s most original social scientists. An Introduction by Nivedita Menon (Professor of Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), outlines and critiques Chatterjee’s ideas, their range, their importance, and their influence in political thought today. Printed Pages: 376. 033573

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3 Nivedita Menon and Aditya Nigam
Power and Contestation: India Since 1989
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2007; 8125035095 / 9788125035091; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Printed Pages: 231. 026709

Price: 7.95 USD
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4 Nivedita Menon
Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2004; 8178240858 / 9788178240855; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
This books is about the relation between law and feminist politics. The area it traverses ranges from feminist initiatives on sexual harassment to the parity movement in France. Nivedita Menon addresses a particular dilemma for radical politics—in particular, feminist politics—in India. The dilemma has become visible over the last two decades and arises at the interface of radical political practice and the logic of constitutionalism. By 'constitutionalism' she refers to the specific method adopted by modern democracies of safeguarding the autonomy of the individual self. It is now generally recognised, however, that this objective is achieved by enforcing universal norms that marginalise and de-legitimise contesting worldviews and value systems. This particular method of organising democracies has a specific history and arose in a particular location—in Europe in the seventeenth century. By historicising this method, Menon shows us how, four centuries later, we live in a very different world. The dilemma that faces radical politics today is therefore what Menon terms the 'paradox of constitutionalism'. This occurs when various differing moral visions come up against the universalising drive of constitutionality and the language of universal rights. By examining three issues that the women's movement in India has engaged with—the practice of selective abortion of female foetuses, sexual violence, and reservations for women in representative institutions—Menon unfolds a two-pronged argument, namely that (a) the language of rights and citizenship is no longer unproblematically available to an emancipatory politics; and (b) that specifically in the context of feminist politics it has become increasingly difficult to sustain 'woman' as the subject of such a politics, despite (or perhaps because of) the explosion of 'gender' as a category of analysis in official state and NGO discourse. The book concludes by exploring the consequences of this understanding for feminist theory and practice. Printed Pages: 288. 031565

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