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Title: Between Egalitarianism and Domination: governing differences in a transitional society
Authors: Sarkar, Swagato
Keywords: Local government
Land ownership-India
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Sarkar, Swagato. (2012). Between Egalitarianism and Domination: governing differences in a transitional society. Third World Quarterly, 33(4) : 673-688
Abstract: This article presents the problem of governing differences as a problem of constituting a social whole out of the play of antagonistic elements like class, caste, gender, religion, etc, which is essentially a modernist political project in its normative grounding. The problem is explored herevis-a`-visthe trajectories of global capitalism and the options for development (that is, the transition from an agrarian economy to an industrial one) for the smaller federal states. The experience of the Left Front Government in West Bengal,India is analysed to understand the issues at stake. The narrative presented in the article shows that questions of land ownership and freedom from oppression and bodily toil remain the fundamental political problem which determines the course and dynamics of governance of differences, particularly its egalitarian mode. This problem at also points towards the limits of agrarian modernity,which many post-colonial countries have tried to constitute.
Description: Scopus Index
ISSN: 0143-6597
Appears in Collections:JGU Research Publications

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