India: Political Ideas and the Making of a Democratic Discourse (World Political Theories)

India: Political Ideas and the Making of a Democratic Discourse (World Political Theories)

By: Gurpreet Mahajan (author)Paperback

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In this groundbreaking work, Gurpreet Mahajan tackles the predisposition of political theory to be limited by the Western canon. Bringing into focus how concepts central to the modern democratic political imaginary are interpreted in India, this book elaborates the ways that ideas of freedom, equality and difference are layered with new meanings and how questions of religion and state, critical reason and embedded self are understood in the Indian context. Part of Zed's World Political Theories series, this remarkable work offers a glimpse of the social and political life of contemporary India, and how it differs from the dominant liberal paradigm.

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Gurpreet Mahajan is Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has published widely on issues relating to multiculturalism, cultural diversity and minority rights, secularism and civil society. Her publications include Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences, Identities and Rights: Aspects of Liberal Democracy in India, and The Multicultural Path: Issues of Diversity and Discrimination in Democracy; she has edited Democracy, Difference and Social Justice and The Public and the Private: Issues of Democratic Citizenship.


*1. Indian political theory: beyond cultural essentialism*2. Equality*3. Freedom*4. Religion*5. Diversity*6. The language of democratic discourse

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  • publication date: 10/10/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781780320922
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781780320922
  • weight: 249
  • ISBN10: 1780320922

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