The Materiality of Politics: The technologies of rule

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Anthem Press, 2007 - Political Science - 256 pages
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'The Materiality of Politics' uses a series of historical illustrations to reveal the physicality and underlying 'materiality' of political processes. The political subject of the study is the collective political actor poised against governmental rules for stabilizing order. Samaddar's tour de force propels readers through an account of blood, violence, bodies, controls, laws and conflicts. Politics is examined not as an abstraction, but as a 'real' field of dynamic factors rooted in everyday life.

Volume 1, subtitled 'The Technologies of Rule' discusses the techniques of modern rule which form the basis of the post-colonial Indian state. Beginning with the rule of law, the volume analyses the nature and manifestations of constitutional rule, the relation between law and terror and the construction of 'extraordinary' sovereign power. The author also investigates the methods of care, protection, segregation and stabilization by which rule proceeds. In the processes, the material core of the 'cultural' and the 'aesthetic' is exposed.


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A small correction: PAGE: 123 "Governing Territory with right size"
"The death of Potti Shri Ramulu, fasting to secure the state of Andhra Pradesh, hastened the establishment of the States
Reorganization Commission". REALLY?..,,,,
Potti Shri Ramulu died fasting to secure "ANDHRA STATE" not "ANDHRA PRADESH". "ANDHRA PRADESH is the name given to the state formed by merging the Andhra State and HYDERABAD STATE". You have totally changed the history.Please research before you write something.

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Ranabir Samaddar is the Director of the Calcutta Research Group and was earlier the Founder-Director of the Peace Studies Programme at the South Asia Forum for Human Rights, Kathmandu.