Cultural Politics in the Third World (1999) by MEHRAN KAMRAVA


Cultural Politics within the 3rd international examines the sophisticated and multi-faceted dating among tradition and politics in constructing international locations. The ebook cautions opposed to either politically reductionist examinations of tradition in addition to culturally reductionist examinations of politics. via putting tradition inside of its right political point of view, it demonstrates that civilizations aren't clashing, nor are they approximately to within the foreseeable destiny. With its contextualization of tradition this publication should be of curiosity to either teachers and scholars learning political technology, sociology and developmental reports.

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28 The above discussion is not to imply that society’s political significance can only be summed up in the context of its overt, direct relations with the state. What happens within society itself can also have considerable political significance in itself. 29 There are also complex webs of social interaction that give society its overall character and a sense of individuality. In some political systems, there may be a large gap between the cultural dispositions of society and the institutional configurations of the state.

32 Griswald 1994: 110. For the most part, our understanding of modernity is shaped today by the writings of German political theorists such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, and Max Weber, all of whom took modernity to 26 CULTURAL POLITICS IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER mean greater rationalization of life. All three, of course, came to different conclusions concerning its precise nature and consequences. Marx saw modernity in economic terms as man’s growing mastery of nature and modes of production. Nietzsche saw it in moral terms, whereby man increasingly looses his creativity.

In the life of every country – whether in its politics or its history, its society or its economy – there is a certain amount of unpredictability, 52 CONCEPTUALIZING THIRD WORLD POLITICS a number of accidental or unintended occurrences that have little or nothing to do with the national, political or historical “norm” of that country. Sometimes things can happen that have no causal relationship to political, economic or socio-cultural forces that exist in a particular society. All political systems and societies operate according to sets of rules and guidelines that can pretty much be accurately grasped and analyzed.

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