Demography and Democracy: Essays on Nationalism, Gender and Ideology « The Socjournal

“In stunning readings of culture, politics, identity, gender and ethnicity, Bannerji exposes the grave dangers lurking in demographic politics of blood, soil and ethnic fundamentalism. But
in the interstices of this lifeworld, Bannerji also locates alternative ways of seeing and becoming that suggest new projects of democracy—radical, popular, and socialist—that might take us beyond oppression and violence. Demography and Democracy is a summons to critical theory and practice—one that offers its readers powerful tools for making sense of our world in order to remake it.” —David Mcnally, Professor of Political Science.

“Himani Bannerji puts spring into thought… [Her] realm is that of historical materialism, landscaped by the sharp tradition of socialist feminism. It is here that the harsh tales of the present unfold, and it is in these retellings that we see hope’s possibilities. Nationalism is at the centre of things, but so too is capitalism and the old fox patriarchy. Beyond these, Bannerji seeks human emancipation, and her indispensable essays chart the course for us weary travelers.” —Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies, Trinity College, and author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World

Demography and Democracy brings together seven of Himani Bannerji’s essays on colonialism, imperialism and nationalism, along with an introduction authored for this collection. Spanning diverse geographical spaces and socio‐historical contexts, the essays are united by a feminist, antiracist and Marxist critique of ideology and a critical examination of nationalist notions and practices. HIMANI BANNERJI is Professor of Sociology at York University. She is the author of numerous works, including Of Property and Propriety: The Role of Gender and Class in Imperialism and Nationalism (with S. Mojab and J. Whitehead, 2001), Inventing Subjects: Studies in Hegemony, Patriarchy and Colonialism (2001) and The Dark Side of the Nation: Essays on Multiculturalism, Nationalism and Gender (2000).

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