Who Sings the Nation-State?: Language, Politics, Belonging

Who Sings the Nation-State?: Language, Politics, Belonging


By (author) Judith Butler, By (author) Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

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  • Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 109mm x 178mm x 8mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 25 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Greenford
  • ISBN 10: 1906497834
  • ISBN 13: 9781906497835
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 161,311

Product description

This spirited and engaging conversation between two of America's most influential cultural critics and international theorists of the last decade explores what both Enlightenment and contemporary philosophers have to say about the idea of the nation-state, who exercises power in today's world, whether there is such a thing as a right to rights, and the past, present, and future of the state in a time of globalization. In a world of migration and shifting allegiances caused by cultural, economic, military, and climatic change, the nation-state, as Judith Butler and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak argue, has become a more provisional place - and its inhabitants, more stateless.

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Author information

Judith Butler is the Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of many books, including Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity and Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex". Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and the author of many books, including The Post-Colonial Critic and Nationalism and Imagination, the latter also published by Seagull Books.

Review quote

"Judith Butler is quite simply one of the most probing, challenging, and influential thinkers of our time." (J. M. Bernstein, The New School) "[Spivak's] lifelong search for fresh insights and understanding has transcended the traditional boundaries of discipline while retaining the fire for new knowledge that is the hallmark of a great intellect." (Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University)"