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Globalization and the Politics of Identity in India by Ronki Ram, Ashutosh Kumar, Bhupinder Brar

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Introduction: Contextualizing Globalization and the Politics of Identity in India

BHUPINDER BRAR

At one level, all identities are woven around images: images of the Self, images of the Other, and, no less significantly, images of the world in which the Self must engage with the Other. At another level, however, the finitudes of the material-historical world set spatial and temporal limits on the imaginings of identities. Caught in this dialectic of the subjective and the objective, which usually leaves little room for escape or withdrawal, identities must develop strategies of coping with their existential condition. They must learn to coexist, compete and cooperate in various measures. If the measure of their cooperation and conflict is determined ...

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