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Author Rahman, Smita A
Title Time, memory, and the politics of contingency / Smita A. Rahman
Imprint New York : Routledge, 2015
book jacket
 Chinese Lit.&Phi. Lib.  570.11 R147    AVAILABLE    30580003210981
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Descript xv, 128 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Routledge innovations in political theory ; 59
Note "In recent years, there has been an increased attention to temporality in political theory, and such attention is sorely needed. For too long political theory, with the exception of occasional phenomenological forays, has remained grounded in a particular experience of time as linear and sequential. This book aims to unsettle the dominant framework by putting time itself, and the experience of time in everyday life, at the center of its critical analysis. Smita Rahman focuses on the experience of time as one where past, present, and future intermingle with each other and refuse to adhere to a sequential structure. Rather than trying to tame the flux of time, this book places this "out of joint" experience of time at the center of its analysis of global politics. Rahman takes the highly abstract concept of time and decenters it to speak to a wide range of political issues across disciplines by exposing the cultural construction of the foundational concept of time in political theory and attending closely to the challenges of cultural incommensurability that it encounters in a globalized world of difference. Specifically, the book looks at interrogation practices in Afghanistan, the challenges of coping with the burdens of collective memory in Algeria, South Africa, and Rwanda, the difficulty of uncritically applying such a framework to the Muslim world through the language of secularism, and finally at the beginnings of democratic emergence in Bangladesh to explore a politics of contingency"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
The Limits of "Our Time" --"Our Time" and the Transcendental Image of Thought -- Complex Time, Memory, and the Ethics of Affirmation -- The Politics of Memory -- Secular Time and the Politics of Renewal -- Conclusion : Memories of War and the Politics of Contingency
Subject Political science -- Philosophy
Time -- Political aspects
Chronology, Historical -- Political aspects
Collective memory -- Political aspects
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