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Globalization, Democracy and Culture : Situating Gandhian Alternatives

Asha Kaushik (Author)
Synopsis Globalization is with us. In the new millennium, the global impact of globalization, both in theory and practice, is clearly visible in its overbearing omnipresence, overshadowing all other aspects of socio-cultural, politico-economic life. Yet the positivistic claims that it is inevitable and irreversible and that ‘there is no alternative to it’ (TINA) are contestable and non-acceptable. The present work contends that guided by the politico-economic transnational practices, globalization has emerged as a totalizing process in terms of both hegemonic structures and homogenizing cultural traits. It is an ideological derivative, rather, a neo-liberal reincarnation of the earlier conceptualizations of progress, growth—obsessed industrialization, modernization, glorification of the ‘invisible hand’ of the market, objectification of nature and an instrumental treatment of humanity. The work further contends that Gandhi is the first major political thinker—activist to have challenged the arrogant imperialist west-centric model of development. Gandhi’s critique, it is argued, is not a romantic declaration of war on the consequences of progress, but a revolt against its hegemonizing political essence and its ever-spiralling politico-economic ambitions of dominating the world. The book ably brings out that Gandhi’s alternative of a humane, decentralized nonviolent politico-economic order and a non-hegemonic global order, far from being regressive, as is often alleged in view of his appeal to the past, is in our view, a timely corrective to the misplaced priorities of the contemporary development/globalization model.
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Title Globalization, Democracy and Culture : Situating Gandhian Alternatives
Author Asha Kaushik
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st. Ed.
Publisher Pointer Publishers
Language: English
isbn 8171322980
length x+171p.., 23cm