Monday, April 07, 2008

Book of the month: Bhikhu Parekh's "A New Politics of Identity"

I have just received a copy of Bhikhu Parekh's A New Politics of Identity: Political Principles for an Interdependent World published by Palgrave Macmillan. (It can be ordered in USA or UK.) A brief blurb:

"A systematic discussion of the ethics and politics of human solidarity needed in a globalized age.This book provides a broad-ranging analysis of a key issue in political philosophy and political practice. It is an important and timely new book from leading political theorist and author of Rethinking Multiculturalism, Bhikhu Parekh. It examines the roots of terrorism and shows why the 'war on terror' is misguided. The New Politics of Identity pursues many of the central issues raised in the author's Rethinking Multiculturalism focusing in particular on their consequences for global politics. Parekh develops a theory of identity that combines respect for diversity and applies this theory to a range of key current debates on national identity."

I have no doubt that this will prove to be one of the most significant books of the year, by one of today's most distinguished political theorists. Very highly recommended!

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