The Politics of Dialogue: Living Under the Geopolitical Histories of War and Peace, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Politics of Dialogue

Living Under the Geopolitical Histories of War and Peace, 1st Edition

By Ranabir Samaddar


396 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138258655
pub: 2017-05-16
SAVE ~$11.39
Currently out of stock
Hardback: 9780754636076
pub: 2004-05-28
SAVE ~$33.00
Currently out of stock
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315237701
pub: 2017-07-05
from $28.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


Offering a detailed analysis of post-colonial South Asia, The Politics of Dialogue discusses the creation and impact of borders and the pervasive tension between the new nations. Neither all-out war nor complete peace, this fragile condition makes political leaders and strategists feel claustrophobic - a war produces an end result but peace allows the rulers to carry out their policies for governing along their preferred path of development. The book shows how cartographic, communal and political lines are not only dividing countries, but that they are being replicated within countries, creating new visible and invisible internal frontiers. It argues that, in a situation where geopolitics constrains democracy, the political class becomes incapable of coping with the tension between the inside/outside, eg democracy appears as an internal problem and geopolitics appears as a problem related to the 'outside'.


'"The Politics of Dialogue" is both sharp and lyrical. On the one hand, Ranabir Samaddar puts a dagger in the heart of strategic studies; on the other, he provides a compelling poetics of peace, in the form of an eloquently articulated program for dialogic justice. His investigation of war, peace, and democracy is intelligent, nuanced, and - above all - politically astute.' Professor Michael Shapiro, University of Hawaii, USA. 'Ranabir Samaddar's new book is an extraordinary attempt at displacing the objects, the viewpoint, and the agenda of democratic politics in the "globalized" world … His elaborated proposal to replace the easy "friend vs foe" dialectic by the difficult enterprise of mutual recognition and restorative justice has a philosophical relevance that should be recognized universally and help us resist the self-fulfilling prophecy of the "clash of civilizations".' Professor Etienne Balibar, University of Nanterre, France, and University of California, Irvine, USA

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Peace as a political question of our time; In the time of the partitioned nations; The ineluctable logic of geopolitics; Autonomy and the requirements of minimal justice; Governing through peace accords; Two ceasefires, one story; Friends, foes and understanding; The non-dialogic world of the humanitarian; Received histories of war and peace; Epilogue: ten principles; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Ranabir Samaddar is Director at the Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata, India

About the Series

Border Regions Series

Border Regions Series
In recent years, borders have taken on an immense significance. Throughout the world they have shifted, been constructed and dismantled, and become physical barriers between socio-political ideologies. They may separate societies with very different cultures, histories, national identities or economic power, or divide people of the same ethnic or cultural identity. As manifestations of some of the world's key political, economic, societal and cultural issues, borders and border regions have received much academic attention over the past decade. This valuable series publishes high quality research monographs and edited comparative volumes that deal with all aspects of border regions, both empirically and theoretically. It will appeal to scholars interested in border regions and geopolitical issues across the whole range of social sciences.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography