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.

Civil Society: Alternatives and Differences

Civil society: Alternatives and differences

Though the term ‘civil society’ is widely used, it is not easy to say what precisely it connotes. It is particularly difficult to demarcate those areas of social life which fall within its purview. In contemporary political theory, civil society has been variously identified with local communities, churches, the family, the market and in non-academic circles, with voluntary associations. The confusion, even if only apparent, is not dispelled simply by going back to its use in the Western intellectual tradition where it has had several revivals, each time with new philosophical and political motives. For example, there is no distinction in Locke between the civil and the political; for him distinguishing society from government is more ...

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