Valences of the Dialectic

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In March 1998, India broke a quarter century's silence when it detonated a series of nuclear devices in the Rajasthan desert. Having announced it possessed the requisite credentials for membership of the nuclear club in 1974, India quickly disavowed any desire to join, pledging not to develop its capability further. The Pokhran explosions revealed that promise to have been broken. The principal beneficiary of its breaking was a rightwing government seeking to shore up its shaky base with commitment to the 'Hindu ...
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Overview

In March 1998, India broke a quarter century's silence when it detonated a series of nuclear devices in the Rajasthan desert. Having announced it possessed the requisite credentials for membership of the nuclear club in 1974, India quickly disavowed any desire to join, pledging not to develop its capability further. The Pokhran explosions revealed that promise to have been broken. The principal beneficiary of its breaking was a rightwing government seeking to shore up its shaky base with commitment to the 'Hindu bomb.' While most in the West were taken unawares by this sudden bellicosity in the land of Gandhi, more scrupulous observers on the Indian scene insisted it had a clear history. In Lineages of the Present, Ahmad untangles many of the intertwined threads of this important history, so often poorly understood in the metropolitan West.

Author Biography: Aijaz Ahmad is Professorial Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in New Delhi, India, and Professor of Political Science at York University in Ontario, Canada. He is the author of In Theory; Classes, Nations, Literatures.

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“One of the great writers of our time, not just one of the most formidably gifted critics and cultural theorists.”—Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books
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One of the great writers of our time, not just one of the most formidably gifted critics and cultural theorists.”— Terry Eagleton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844674633
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 11/8/2010
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 944,914
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Fredric Jameson is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. The author of numerous books, he has over the last three decades developed a richly nuanced vision of Western culture’s relation to political economy. He was a recipient of the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize. He is the author of many books, including Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The Cultural Turn, A Singular Modernity, The Modernist Papers, Archaeologies of the Future, Brecht and Method, Ideologies of Theory, Valences of the Dialectic, The Hegel Variations and Representing Capital.
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