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Lineages of Political Society: Studies in Postcolonial Democracy (Cultures of History)

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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 poli

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Paperback, 296 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Columbia University Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Anyusha Rose
Dec 26, 2013 Anyusha Rose rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic book. The prose is extremely readable, poetic and structured in an engaging style. Its analysis is far-reaching and interesting; even when the author relives old debates and political concerns - for example, a section on why non-Western societies cannot be understood through traditional paradigms of development/modernity - it is an absolute pleasure to read. Chatterjee was part of the original Subaltern Studies cohort underneath Ranajit Guha, and perhaps because of this, the ...more
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more practical n realistic (from the old historical India to the contemporary one) than being simply Utopian!!however political theory part didnt strike well..(perhaps too elaborated).
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Partha Chatterjee is a Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University; he also teaches and was a former director at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, founded the Subaltern Studies Collective, and is a poet and a playwright.
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Cultures of History (10 books)
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