Interpreting Politics

Situated Knowledge, India, and the Rudolph Legacy
OUP India (Verlag)
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  • 403 Seiten
978-0-19-012501-1 (ISBN)
This book investigates the complex process through which people construct meaning and motivation for political action. Building on Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph's seminal scholarship of India, the contributors to this volume develop the concept of "situated knowledge" to conceptualize people's understandings of their "lived experience" and social scientists' knowledge claims. They show how understanding people's situated knowledge requires analyzing how they are
embedded in complex configurations of social relations, time, place, and culture. Similarly, scholarly knowledge claims are embedded in the modes of analysis and methodological techniques that shape their insights. The authors show how "moral imagination" or the capacity to empathize with other people's
lives, plays a crucial role in explaining remarkable acts of heroism while their capacity to dehumanize is an important cause of terrorism and genocide. They demonstrate how people's understandings are shaped by ongoing discourses and ideational power. Other contributions illuminate how the mutual constitution of class, status, and culture shape political mobilization in India. The volume offers provocative insights about Indian politics by explaining how political leadership can transform
people's understandings in ways that lead to the dramatic transformation of deeply-rooted social and institutional structures.
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John Echeverri-Gent is associate professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. He is author of The State and the Poor: Public Policy and Political Development in India and the United States and co-editor of Economic Reform in Three Giants: U.S. Foreign Policy and the USSR, China, and India. His many articles in comparative public policy and the political economy of development have appeared in Perspectives on Politics; PS: Political Science
and Politics; World Development; Policy Studies Journal; Asian Survey; Contemporary South Asia; and India Review. He is a member of the editorial board of Political Science Quarterly. He has served as consultant to the World Bank and USAID;
Kamal Sadiq (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on the processes of political inclusion and legal membership of immigrants, refugees, and the urban poor in developing countries, specifically in South

Asia (India, Bangladesh) and Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia). His book Paper Citizens: How Illegal Immigrants Acquire Citizenship in Developing Countries (New York: Oxford University Press, hardcover 2009, paperback 2010) shows how fake, but seemingly real documents, provide a path to citizenship status and rights in weak capacity states with consequences for state sovereignty and security.

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