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The Materiality of Politics: Volume 2

Subject Positions in Politics

Ranabir Samaddar
 

The Materiality of Politics: Volume 2

Through a series of historical illustrations, the author investigates the political aspects of violence, law, terror, protection, justice and post-colonial governance.

Imprint: Anthem Press
Hardback
ISBN 9781843312765
August 2007 | 200 Pages | 234 x 155mm / 9.2 x 6.1
 
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9781843312765

About This Book

‘The Materiality of Politics’ uses a series of historical illustrations to reveal the physicality and underlying ‘materiality’ of political processes. The political subject of the study is the collective political actor poised against governmental rules for stabilizing order. Samaddar’s tour de force propels readers through an account of blood, violence, bodies, controls, laws and conflicts. Politics is examined not as an abstraction, but as a ‘real’ field of dynamic factors rooted in everyday life.

Volume 2, subtitled ‘Subject Positions in Politics’ focuses on the political subject emerging from post-colonial politics. The 1940s are closely examined in order to trace the genesis of the modern Indian political subject, his/her dreams of liberty and recognition of freedom’s qualifications. Contentious politics illuminates the dual tendency of the political subject to demand justice in court, and engage in rebellious street politics, clamouring for justice and equality. As the author demonstrates, the subject’s desire for the autonomy of politics manifests itself in various ways.

Readership: Ideal as supplementary material for students of politics and international relations, ‘The Materiality of Politics’ is also a fascinating title for the general reader with a keen interest in current affairs.

Author Information

Ranabir Samaddar is the Director of the Calcutta Research Group and was earlier the Founder-Director of the Peace Studies Programme at the South Asia Forum for Human Rights, Kathmandu.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowldgements; Dreams of the Colonized; The Game of Justice; The Politics of a Political Society; Autonomies of a New Society; Bibliography; Index of Names; Subject Index