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Title:
Postcolonialism and political theory
Author:
Persram, Nalini, 1964-
ISBN:
9780739116685
Publication Information:
Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, 2008.
Physical Description:
xlii, 322 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:
Global encounters: studies in comparative political theory
Contents:
Alterity and modernity (Las Casa, Vitoria and Su√°rez: 1514-1617) / Enrique Dussel, trans. James Terry -- Ibn Khaldun and the origins of state politics / Lucian M. Ashworth -- Power and development: John Stuart Mill and Edmund Burke on empire / Graham Finlay -- From American democracy to French Empire : race and the law in Tocqueville's liberalism / John Savage -- Postcolonial dialogics : between Edward Said and Antonio Gramsci / E. San Juan, Jr -- Problematic people and epistemic decolonization : toward the postcolonial in Africana political thought / Lewis Gordon -- The gift of double consciousness: some obstacles to grasping the contributions of the colonized / Jane Anna Gordon -- Symptomatic politics : the banning of Islamic head scarves in French public schools / Joan W. Scott -- Edouard Glissant's aesthetics of relation as diversality and creolization / Hwa Yol Jung -- From postcolonial critique to postoccidental paradigm : indigenous peoples' mobilisation and the advancement of new scholarship / Alice Feldman -- Doing the postcolonial differently / Phillip Darby -- Postcolonial dialogues and public cyberspace: Pacific insights for cynical times / M. I. Franklin.
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Table of contents only http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip076/2006100866.html
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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.