Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Political Theory offers fresh and thought-provoking perspectives on some of the most pressing political concerns of our times.

The volume includes a dozen articles that draw upon a wide spectrum of social sciences and humanities (political science, sociology, international studies, psychoanalysis, philosophy, cultural studies) to explore the historically-grounded contemporaneity and the interdisciplinarity of political theory. It represents the joint endeavor of the editor and 12 outstanding scholars affiliated with renowned academic institutions spanning four continents.

The contributors shed light on and provide insights into a broad range of issues that are of current relevance in the domains of both theory and practice. The book covers considerable ground as it grapples with a variety of topics (democracy, justice, civil society, torture), thinkers (Camus, Rawls, Habermas, Derrida) and frameworks (Marxism, critical theory, public choice, feminism).

The central contention of the book is that the destiny of humankind will depend increasingly upon our collective intellectual and practical capacity to shape the global configuration of capital, power and knowledge that is emerging in the matrix of late modernity.

Group Identities and Rights: A Case for Theory beyond the Nation-State

Group Identities and Rights: A Case for Theory beyond the Nation-State

Group identities and rights: A case for theory beyond the nation-state


Broadly speaking, there are four types of studies about group rights and identities. Thinking about identities and rights of groups—notably minority/marginal groups—has concerned political theorists, sociologists and policy-makers alike. Such thinking is mainly attributable to moral concerns regarding the well-being of marginal groups and concerns that if the claims of these groups are not addressed in an appropriate manner, they may lead to tensions in the body politic.1 However, in cases where ethnic conflict has had international ramifications, issues of group identities and rights have been studied in a global perspective.2 More recently, studies have focused on the domestic impact of international norms through ...

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