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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 Statelessness of the World Polity
The statelessness of the world polity

It is only seemingly paradoxical, that the hegemonic influence of cultural models prevailing in the globalised modern reference frame coincides with a situation where on a global scale no state-like power can directly dominate the cultural sphere. Meyer admits that the global cultural reference frame is under the direct influence of dominant actors but he denies that processes of institutionalisation and change in the world polity are the sole result of purposeful actions of single actors (like the USA) or powerful groups of actors (like the ‘West’). In the contrary, Meyer and his teams point out that the statelessness of the world polity is a precondition for the hegemony of its prevalent ideas and ...

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