Sunday, 1 February 2015

Neoliberal State and Its Challenges/ Multiculturalism

Neoliberal State and Its Challenges, (1/e) by Bhupen Sarmah And Joydeep Baruah from  Aakar Books.

Perhaps, the most fundamental and the overarching challenge to neoliberal state relates to establishing its legitimacy and perpetuating its hegemony. While neoliberal state with its inherent and distinctive class-bias produces extreme inequality almost in all fronts, still it attempts at pretending to be benevolent and pro-poor. Moreover, pretentious benevolence of neoliberal state often turns out to be self-limiting due to its unbridled obsession with growth, which characteristically accompanies dispossession of vast majority of people outweighing all its benevolent gestures. These innate contradictions naturally generate myriad frictions and tensions challenging its legitimacy and hegemony.

The collection of papers in this volume offers insights to come of the pressing issues of contemporary neoliberal statehood and statecraft, both theoretical and practical. The book presents views about the state in the context of post-colonial era, its crises in governance including various manifestations of 'internal colonialism' and subsequent contestations, its crises in maintaining the legitimacy and concomitant process of militarization, relations and frictions amongst the state, market and 'civil society' and attendant class configurations.

In our History section, Rs. 595, in paperback, 302 pages, ISBN :9789350023013

Multiculturalism in India and Europe by Rajendra K. Jain from Aakar Books.

Growing cultural diversity as a result of globalization, technological changes and migration poses major challenges of management and accommodation in most multicultural societies. This volume presents a broad overview of the actors and factors that have played an important role in the success and/ or failure of multiculturalism in contemporary India and Europe.

The study critically evaluates the multiculturalist discourse in Britain, France, Germany and India. It provides a comparative analysis of the historical roots of plurality in both Europe and India and discusses the challenge posed by multiculturalism to existing forms of secularism.

The book examines the implications and challenges of Indian migration to the European continent, the role of culture in the external relations of the European Union with special reference to India and seeks to answer the question whether Multiculturalism can promote gender equality. The book will be of interest to all those engaged in the fields of political science, international relations, sociology and philosophy.

In our Sociology section, Rs. 595, in paperback, xvi+ 214 pages, ISBN :9789350022795

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