Border Crossings: Toward a Comparative Political Theory

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Lexington Books, 1999 - Political Science - 313 pages
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Comparative political theory is at best an embryonic and marginalized endeavor. As practiced in most Western universities, the study of political theory generally involves a rehearsal of the canon of Western political thought from Plato to Marx. Only rarely are practitioners of political thought willing (and professionally encouraged) to transgress the canon and thereby the cultural boundaries of North America and Europe in the direction of genuine comparative investigation. Border Crossings presents an effort to remedy this situation, fully launching a new era in political theory. Thirteen scholars from around the world examine the various political traditions of West, South, and East Asia and engage in a reflective cross-cultural discussion that belies the assumptions of an Asian 'essence' and of an unbridgeable gulf between West and non-West. The denial of essential differences does not, however, amount to an endorsement of essential sameness. As viewed and as practiced by contributors to this ground-breaking volume, comparative political theorizing must steer a course between uniformity and radical separation this is the path of 'border crossings.'"
 

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Contents

Mapping Modernities Islamic and Western
11
Eastern Veiling Western Freedom?
39
Islamic Constitutionalism and the Concept of Democracy
61
Rewriting Contemporary Muslim Politics A TwentiethCentury Periodization
89
Symbolic and Utilitarian Value of a Tradition Martyrdom in the Iranian Political Culture
119
Radical Islam and Nonviolence A Case Study of Religious Empowerment and Constraint
145
Indian Secularlism and Its Critics Some Reflections
173
Confucianism and Communitarianism in a Liberal Democratic World
185
Confucianism with a Liberal Face Democratic Politics in Postcolonial Taiwan
213
Beyond East and West Nishidas Universalism and Postcolonial Critique
237
Taoist Politics An Other Way?
253
Postmodernity Eurocentrism and the Future of Political Philosophy
277
Index
297
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
311
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Fred Dallmayr is Packey Dee Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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