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Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2011 demography and democracy cvr
272 pages
6 x 9 inches
March 2011
Print ISBN: 9781551303895
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Overview

A collection of recent essays and articles, Demography and Democracy is Himani Bannerji's engagement with the nationalist currents that have become such crucial topics of discussion and debate in recent years. Topics covered include Hindu nationalism, Zionism, subaltern studies, the novels of Rabindranath Tagore, and issues of knowledge, ideology, and representation around the US invasion of Afghanistan. The essays are written from an anti-imperialist Marxist feminist standpoint and offer a bracing critique of contemporary ideologies.


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Making India Hindu and Male: Cultural Nationalism and the Emergence of the Ethnic Citizen in Contemporary India

Chapter 2: Demography and Democracy: Reflections on Violence Against Women in Genocide or Ethnic Cleansing

Chapter 3: Cultural Nationalism and Woman as the Subject of the Nation

Chapter 4: Projects of Hegemony: Towards a Critique of Subaltern Studies' 'Resolution of the Women's Question'

Chapter 5: Home and the World: Women and Nationalism in the Novels of Rabindranath Tagore

Chapter 6: Always Towards: Development and Nationalism in Rabindranath Tagore

Chapter 7: The Tradition of Sociology and the Sociology of Tradition: The Terms of our Knowledge and the Knowledge Produced

Himani Bannerji

Himani Bannerji is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University and the author of several books, including: Thinking Through: Essays in Feminism, Marxism, and Anti-Racism; Unsettling Relations: The University as a Site of Feminist Struggles; Mirror of Class: Essays on Bengali Theatre; Returning the Gaze: Essays on Racism, Feminism, and Politics; Coloured Pictures The Two Sisters; and The Writing on the Wall: Essays on Culture and Politics.

Dark Side of the Nation, Demography and Democracy, Thinking Through

Reviews

"Bannerji's realm is that of historical materialism, landscaped by the sharp tradition of socialist feminism. It is here that the harsh tales of the present unfold, and it is in these retellings that we see hope's possibilities."
—  Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World

"Bannerji's realm is that of historical materialism, landscaped by the sharp tradition of socialist feminism. It is here that the harsh tales of the present unfold, and it is in these retellings that we see hope's possibilities."

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