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By Laura Brueck

Writing Resistance is the 1st shut examine of the transforming into physique of latest Hindi-language Dalit (low caste) literature in India. The Dalit literary circulation has had a big sociopolitical and literary impression on a number of Indian linguistic areas, but few students have tried to situate the shape inside of modern severe frameworks. Laura R. Brueck's technique is going past spotting and celebrating the  Read more...

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Electoral politics is primarily governed by immediacy – in terms of the issues highlighted in television advertising – and television provides the main form of political communication, characterized by sound and video ‘bites’ in a process determined above all by money. US-trained political consultants and media experts oversee vast and growing electoral expenditures; in other countries, American political operatives often direct the campaigns. By contrast, Chapter 4, by Tim Di Muzio, takes a long-term vantage point to make sense of what is specific about our present conjuncture.

An amusing example concerns a high-level group of private sector economists, bankers and academics convened by the British Academy, following a state visit to the London School of Economics in November 2008 by Queen Elizabeth II. After being taken around the school and shown charts indicating the scale of the financial collapse, the queen asked why it was that, if the collapse was so enormous, nobody had anticipated it, or indeed acted to prevent it. The British Academy decided to write a letter in response to the monarch’s question.

In the most affluent capitalist powers this way of life is energy-intensive, consumerist, individualist, wasteful, ecologically destructive, unhealthy and ultimately unsustainable, as Chapters 5 to 8 make very clear. Second, ‘crisis’ has an eschatological sense. 1 In a sense, the idea of an end of history acted to define the horizon of the present and the limits to any alternative visions of the future. Politics was to be reduced to what James Buchanan (1991) calls ‘ordinary politics’, with all the fundamental political and constitutional decisions about alternative paths and forms of development already precluded.

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