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Identity Politics in India and Europe combines qualitative methods (20 interviews) with historical and philosophical analysis. The first part of the book discusses the history of perceptions between the Europe of Latin Christianity and the so-called Muslim world, starting from the 7th century onwards. The second part is devoted to a discussion on the emergence of modernity and how it changed the identity politics of earlier times. The third part explores the role that intellectual elites have to play. It comprises interviews of eminent scholars and thinkers in India such as Imtiaz Ahmad and Ashis Nandy. These make for an insightful read, especially as subtle ideological differences surface in their responses to a set of common questions.

The World Polity*
The world polity

The central thesis of the world polity approach is that many features of the modern nation-state are derived from global models than in turn are produced and propagated through global processes in which cultural and academic organisations play a major role. These global models are oriented towards general modern goals like equality, socio-economic and human progress. These processes are highly rationalised, articulate and capable of universal acceptance. The argument in favour of the existence and actual influence of the world polity on national processes is again and again the demonstrable isomorphism of developments taking place on the national plain but almost uniformly across nations in spite of their very different cultural backgrounds. Meyer et al. cite example over example regarding ...

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