Lineages of Political Society: Studies in Postcolonial Democracy

By: Partha Chatterjee

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In Lineages of Political Society the eminent political theorist Partha Chatterjee reveals the emergence of a new theory of postcolonial democracy. As against earlier ideas about the nature of democracy—which grew predominantly out of notions and practices in the West—Chatterjee powerfully argues that the theory now in evidence is not merely a record of the imperfections and immaturity of democracy in the non-Western world. On the contrary, it has devised concepts and analytical tools 2to understand the formation of new democratic practices. In doing so, it has also shown up histories of modern political institutions which are not part of the genealogy of Western democracy. In the course of making these arguments Chatterjee revisits several themes introduced in his acclaimed earlier work, The Politics of the Governed (2004). To those themes he now adds historical depth and contemporary empirical detail. And although most of the examples in Lineages of Political Society are drawn from India, the arguments within it afford comparisons with countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Chatterjee also here clarifies the location of his work in relation to liberal political theory, understandings of contemporary capitalism, and theories of nationalism and populism. In several chapters he joins the lively and ongoing debate over his concept of “political society”. This work will seem indispensable to anyone wishing to understand the nature and history of democracy, its practices and functionings within the contemporary non-West, and the major expansion in political thought being brought about by one of the world’s most fertile political philosophers. PRINTED PAGES: 316.

Title: Lineages of Political Society: Studies in Postcolonial Democracy

Author Name: Partha Chatterjee

Categories: India, Social Studies,

Publisher: New Delhi, Permanent Black/Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd: 2013

ISBN: 8178243776

ISBN 13: 9788178243771

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 900686

Keywords: Lineages of Political Society: Studies in Postcolonial Democracy Partha Chatterjee