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 factor of success as a basis for the diffusion of forms of institutionalisation is mentioned by Meyer and his collaborators in connection with the example of Japanese just-in-time production. It has appealed to many organisations (companies) due to the fact that it was successful in Japan and it could be made successful in other contexts as well.1 Today's discourses about the best way to maintain the national welfare system under the pressures of a globalised market economy are equally looking out for the best example to emulate (Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden). Other factors may be ‘world opinion’, which may engender lip service to international human rights standards, for example. A third factor may be local resources and culture, which may be strong ...