Partha Chatterjee, a pioneering theorist known for his
disciplinary range, builds on his theory of "political society" and
reinforces its salience to contemporary political debate.
Dexterously incorporating the concerns of South Asian studies,
postcolonialism, the social sciences, and the humanities,
Chatterjee broadly critiques the past three hundred years of
western political theory to ask, Can democracy be brought into
being, or even fought for, in the image of Western democracy as it
Using the example of postcolonial societies and their political
evolution, particularly communities within India, Chatterjee
undermines the certainty of liberal democratic theory in favor of a
realist view of its achievements and limitations. Rather than push
an alternative theory, Chatterjee works solely within the realm of
critique, proving political difference is not always evidence of
philosophical and cultural backwardness outside of the West.
Resisting all prejudices and preformed judgments, he deploys his
trademark, genre-bending, provocative analysis to upend the
assumptions of postcolonial studies, comparative history, and the
common claims of contemporary politics.
Subjects: History, Anthropology, Political Science
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