ISBN : 9780190253752
Increased flows of people, capital, and ideas across geographic borders raise urgent challenges to the existing terms and practices of politics. Comparative political theory seeks to devise new intellectual frames for addressing these challenges by questioning the canonical (that is, Euro-American) categories that have historically shaped inquiry in political theory and other disciplines. It does this byanalyzing normative claims, discursive structures, and formations of power in and from all parts of the world. By looking to alternative bodies of thought and experience, as well as the terms we might use to critically examine them, comparative political theory encourages self-reflexivity about the premises of normative ideas and articulates new possibilities for political theory and practice.
The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Political Theory provides an entry point into this burgeoning field by both synthesizing and challenging the terms which motivate it. Over the course of five thematic sections and thirty-three chapters, this volume surveys the field and archives of comparative political theory, bringing the many approaches to the field into conversation for the first time. Sections address geographic location as a subject of political theorizing; how the past becomes a key site for staking political claims; the politics of translation and appropriation; the justification of political authority; and questions of disciplinary commitment and rules of knowledge. Ultimately, the handbook demonstrates how mainstream political theory can and must be enriched through attention to genuinely global, rather than parochially Euro-American, contributions to political thinking.
List of Contributors
Jenco, Leigh K.
Thomas, Megan C.
Section I: Geographies of Thought
2. The Plantation and Colonial Modernity in Comparative Perspective
3. Situated Political Theory in Latin America
Gordy, Katherine A.
4. An Interpretive Approach to Chinese Identity
5. Inter-Asia as Method and Radical Politics
6. Toward a Tradition of Ghanaian Political Philosophy
Ajei, Martin Odei
7. Mapping Afro-Caribbean Political Thought
Gordon, Jane Anna
Section II: The Presence of the Past
8. Santo Domingo and the Politics of Classical Reception in the Caribbean
Padilla Peralta, Dan-el
9. The Politics of Time in China and Japan
10. The Idea of an Arab-Islamic Heritage
11. History, the Hindu Right, and Subversion of Brahmanical-Hindu Political Thought
12. Motho ke motho ka batho, an African Perspective on Popular Sovereignty and Democracy
Ramose, M. B.
13. Gender and Slavery in Islamic Political Thought
Section III: Translatability Across Time and Space
14. The Labor Question and Political Thought in Colonial Bengal
15. Humiliation through the Prism of Islamic Thought
Euben, Roxanne L.
16. War Without End, or, Ambedkar, Time, and Stasis
17. The Agganna Sutta and the Theravada Buddhist Tradition
Walton, Matthew J.
18. The Concept of Rights in Modern Japan
19. Hemispheric Comparison in Latin American Anti-Imperial Thought
20. Latin American Women and Democracy, Identity, and Transformation
Femenias, Maria Luisa
21. The Twin Enlightenments of Marxism and Liberalism in the Philippines
Claudio, Lisandro E.
Section Four: Political Authority and Its Legitimation
22. Liberalisms in India
23. Populism, Universalism, and Democracy in Latin America
24. Searching for Tolerance In Islamic Thought
25. Modern Islamic Conceptions of Sovereignty in Comparative Perspective
March, Andrew F.
26. Palaver and Consensus as Metaphors for the Public Sphere
27. Meritocracy, Aristocracy, and Literati Democracy in Chinese Imperial History
28. Organicism in Indonesian Political Thought
Section Five: Discipline and Dissent
29. A Postcolonial Critique of Comparative Political Theory
30. Indigenous Struggles for Epistemic Justice
31. Civilization and Culture in Anticolonial and Comparative Political Theory
Klausen, Jimmy Casas
32. Eastern European Political Thought as a Conceptual Tool
33. The Legitimacy of Chinese Philosophy Debate and the Global Extension of Disciplinary Knowledge
Jenco, Leigh K.