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Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Political Theory offers fresh and thought-provoking perspectives on some of the most pressing political concerns of our times.
The volume includes a dozen articles that draw upon a wide spectrum of social sciences and humanities (political science, sociology, international studies, psychoanalysis, philosophy, cultural studies) to explore the historically-grounded contemporaneity and the interdisciplinarity of political theory. It represents the joint endeavour of the editor and 12 outstanding scholars affiliated with renowned academic institutions spanning four continents.
The contributors shed light on and provide insights into a broad range of issues that are of current relevance in the domains of both theory and practice. The book covers considerable ground as it grapples with a variety of topics (democracy, justice, civil society, torture), thinkers (Camus, Rawls, Habermas, Derrida) and frameworks (marxism, critical theory, public choice, feminism).
The central contention of the book is that the destiny of humankind will depend increasingly upon our collective intellectual and practical capacity to shape the global configuration of capital, power and knowledge that is emerging in the matrix of late modernity.
Table of Contents
Introduction MANGESH KULKARNI
Reflections on the Relation between Theory and Practice for Our Times JAYANT LELE
Politics of Globalisation: Theoretical Debates ROHINI HENSMAN
Theory of Public Choice: Implications for Democracy PRAKASH SARANGI
Justice, Citizenship and the Politics of Feminism LAJWANTI CHATANI
Group Identities and Rights: A Case for Theory beyond the Nation-state ARPITA ANANT
Civil Society: Alternatives and Differences SANJAY PALSHIKAR
Albert Camus and the Politics of Friendship MANGESH KULKARNI
Dismantling the Political SYED ABDUL SAYEED
Discourse Ethics: Rediscovering the Link between Rationality and Morality DEEPTI GANGAVANE
Debates on Protecting Traditional Knowledge in the Age of Globalisation: A Call for Reimagining Political Theory KANNAMMA RAMAN
The Camp as Nomos of the Modern: Interrogating the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 SHARDOOL THAKUR
The Crime of Torture RUSSELL ALAN GRIGG and JUSTIN CLEMENS