Aditya Nigam, Joint Director of the Programme in Social and Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies is particularly interested in cultural politics and is engaged in attempting to understand political practices beyond limits of ‘political science’. His new book, published by Viva, New Delhi, is After Utopia: Modernity, Socialism, and the Postcolony.
After Utopia is an attempt to think new political practices and subjectivities in the twenty-first century. It recognizes that our present demands a reinvention of the great dream of a world beyond capitalism and a world without borders that marxism once dreamt of. It argues that if the world today has to save itself from impending all-round disaster, brought on by the ravages of capital and Empire, it must once again confront questions of class and property relations. It must also reclaim the earth from capital. But After Utopia is written with the deep awareness of the post-utopian world that we inhabit, where there are no fixed and ready-made answers to those questions that marxism once posed. They can and do arise in entirely unanticipated ways and demand fresh responses.
The author therefore argues that this requires a fundamental restructuring of our vision – away from state-dependent strategies of transformation, by recognizing the power of shared molecular economies that constitute the practices of everyday life in large parts of the world. Such a restructuring alone can enable us to find the resources for a new and ecologically sound way of thinking about an egalitarian future.
In our Politics section, in hardcover, 292 pages, Rs 895. ISBN 9788130910246