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India and the Anglosphere

Race, Identity and Hierarchy in International Relations, 1st Edition

By Alexander E. Davis


200 pages

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India has become known in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia as ‘the world’s largest democracy’, a ‘natural ally’, the ‘democratic counterweight’ to China and a trading partner of ‘massive economic potential’. This new foreign policy orthodoxy assumes that India will join with these four states and act just as any other democracy would. A set of political and think tank elites has emerged which seek to advance the cause of a culturally superior, if ill-defined, ‘Anglosphere’.

Building on postcolonial and constructivist approaches to international relations, this book argues that the same Eurocentric assumptions about India pervade the foreign policies of the Anglosphere states, international relations theory and the idea of the Anglosphere. The assertion of a shared cultural superiority has long guided the foreign policies of the US, the UK, Canada and Australia, and this has been central to these states’ relationships with postcolonial India. This book details these difficulties through historical and contemporary case studies, which reveal the impossibility of drawing India into Anglosphere-type relationships. At the centre of India-Anglosphere relations, then, is not a shared resonance over liberal ideals, but a postcolonial clash over race, identity and hierarchy.

A valuable contribution to the much-needed scholarly quest to follow a critical lens of inquiry into international relations, this book will be of interest to academics and advanced students in international relations, Indian foreign policy, Asian studies, and those interested in the ‘Anglosphere’ as a concept in international affairs.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Anglosphere’s ‘India Problem’

Part I: The Historical Construction of the Anglosphere

1. India in the Idea of English-Speaking Unity

2. (White) Australia and India

3. India, Canada and the Limits of Liberal Internationalism

Part II: India and an Anglosphere against its Others

4. Hindu Nationalism and the ‘War on Terror’

5. The 2005 India-US Nuclear deal

6. India and the UK in a time of Nostalgia and Nationalism

Conclusion: What is the future of the Anglosphere?

About the Author

Alexander E. Davis is an NGN scholar with the Department of Politics and Philosophy at La Trobe University, Australia and the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne. His research interests include Indian foreign policy, postcolonialism and constructivism in international relations, and IR’s disciplinary history.

About the Series

Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) South Asian Series

Founded in 1986 to publish outstanding work in the social sciences and humanities, the series entered a new phase in 2010 when it joined with Routledge to continue a notable tradition of Australian-based research about South Asia. Works in the series are published in both UK and Indian editions.

The series publishes outstanding research on the countries and peoples of South Asia across a wide range of disciplines including history, politics and political economy, anthropology, geography, literature, sociology and the fields of cultural studies, communication studies and gender studies. Interdisciplinary and comparative research is encouraged.

New submissions are welcome! Please contact Duncan McDuie-Ra,

Editorial Board:

Assa Doron, Australian National University

Ramaswami Harindranath, UNSW Australia

Kama Macelan, UNSW Australia

Priya Chacko, University of Adelaide, Australia

Meera Ashar, Australian National University

Michael Gillan, University of Western Australia

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General