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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.

Identity Politics and the Ramjanmabhumi Movement
Identity politics and the Ramjanmabhumi movement

This book is interested in the way identity discourses challenge the global hegemony of the so-called ‘Western’ ideas by resorting to construed identities of ‘us’ and ‘them’. We have learned from John W. Meyer that ideas do not gain hegemony due to the direct and planned feat of actors—whether they be individuals, organisations, states, associations of states or state alliances. The processes through which ideas, norms and patterns of social and political order gain hegemony in a cultural reference frame—local or global—are complex and cannot be controlled by a single actor or group of actors, however powerful. If there should be a conspiracy at work, it certainly is a conspiracy between the dominant powers ...

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