Modernity, Globalization and Identity

Towards A Reflexive Quest

Avijit Pathak


Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2006

175 pages

Price INR 250
Book Club Price INR 188

Enough has already been said and written about modernity, globalization and Identity. What, however, distinguishes the book is its reflexivity – the politico-ethical questions it raises, and way it makes us confront our own ambiguities and life-experiences. It uses contemporary sociological literature, negotiates with diverse sources of creative imagination, and remains immensely sensitive to the specificity of our own social reality: the trajectory of Indian modernity, the dynamics of cultural memory and globalization, and the dialectic of identity politics. With its argumentative style, it pleads for a humane/reflexive modernity, narrates the possibility of a profound art, a resistance against asymmetrical globalization, and strives for a more open and dialogic society that inspires one to overcome segmented identities. Here is a book that needs to be read by sociologists, social activists and all those who celebrate criticality and reflexivity.

Avijit Pathak

Avijit Pathak is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.