Postcolonialism and Political Theory

Postcolonialism and Political Theory

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Postcolonialism and Political Theory explores the intersection between the political and the postcolonial through an engagement with, critique of, and challenge to some of the prevalent, restrictive tenets and frameworks of Western political and social thought. It is a response to the call by postcolonial studies, as well as to the urgent need within world politics, to turn towards a multiplicity-largely excluded from globally dominant discourses of community, subjectivity, power and prosperity-constituted by otherness, radical alterity, or subordination to the newly reconsolidated West. The book offers a diverse range of essays that re-examine and open the boundaries of political and cultural modernity's historical domain; that look at how the racialized and gendered and cultured subject visualizes the social from elsewhere; that critique the limits of postcolonial theory and its claim to celebrate diversity; and that complicate the notion of postcolonial politics within settler societies that continue to practice exile of the indigenous. Postcolonialism and Political Theory is an ideal book for graduate and advanced undergraduate level study and for those working both disciplinarily and interdisciplinarily, both inside and outside academia.
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  • Hardback | 346 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 33mm | 657.72g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739116673
  • 9780739116678

Table of contents

1 Introduction: Pushing Politics Part 2 Part One: Imperialism and Political Thought Chapter 3 Alterity and Modernity (Las Casa, Vitoria and Suarez: 1514-1617) Chapter 4 Ibn Khaldun and the Origins of State Politics Chapter 5 From American Democracy to French Empire: Race and the Law in Tocqueville's Liberalism Chapter 5 Power and Development: John Stuart Mill and Edmund Burke on Empire Part 7 Part Two: Critical Diagnostics and Newness Chapter 8 Problematic People and Epistemic Decolonization: Toward the Postcolonial in Africana Political Thought Chapter 8 Postcolonial Dialogics: Between Edward Said and Antonio Gramsci Chapter 9 The Gift of Double Consciousness: Some Obstacles to Grasping the Contributions of the Colonized Chapter 10 Symptomatic Politics: The Banning of Islamic Head Scarves in French PUblic Schools Chapter 12 Edouard Glissant's Aesthetics of Relation as Diversality and Creolization Chapter 13 From Post-Colonial to Post-Occidental Paradigm: Indigenous Peoples' Mobilization and the Advancement of New Scholarship Part 13 Part Three: Indigenous Movements of the Postcolonial Chapter 15 Doing the Postcolonial Differently Chapter 16 Postcolonial Dialogues and Public Cyberspace: Pacific Insights for Cynical Times
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About Nalini Persram

Nalini Persram teaches Social and Political Thought at York University, Toronto. She has taught at Trinity College, Dublin and the University of the West Indies, and her areas of intererest include subjectivity and survival, Caribbean forms of culture and resistance, and other sites of political theory.
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