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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 Approach*
The world polity approach

The world polity perspective helps to combine empirical findings from the social sciences with findings from culture studies, ethics, discourse theory and other disciplines of the humanities. It emphasises the role of institutionalised cultural models (rules, norms, patterns, scripts) in the definition and legitimation of social actors (individuals, organisations, states). It is common sense to understand organisations and states as institutions. Less commonly, however, the modern, autonomous individual is analysed as a social institution. Just as collective actors, however, even individual actors follow specific cultural models. These models are part of a semiotic reference frame that defines who can legitimately call himself a person and an actor. Institutions such as professional organisations, interest groups and the family, all ...

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