I Am the People: Reflections on Popular Sovereignty Today

I Am the People: Reflections on Popular Sovereignty Today

by Partha Chatterjee


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Partha Chatterjee reconsiders the concept of popular sovereignty in order to explain today’s dramatic outburst of movements claiming to speak for “the people.” To uncover the roots of populism, Chatterjee traces the twentieth-century trajectory of the welfare state and neoliberal reforms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231195485
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/17/2019
Series: Ruth Benedict Book Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Partha Chatterjee is a professor of anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African studies at Columbia University. He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Politics of the Governed: Reflections on Popular Politics in Most of the World (Columbia, 2004) and The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power (2012).

Table of Contents

1. Even Justice
2. The Cynicism of Power
3. “I Am the People”
Afterword: The Optimism of the Intellect

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