Democratiya Number 9 (Summer 2007) is Out



From the Editor’s Page:

My anti-Americanism has become almost uncontrollable. It has possessed me, like a disease’, wailed the British novelist Margaret Drabble, in 2003. Jean Baudrillard, the late French postmodernist philosopher, writing in Le Monde, also settled on the image of possession to capture his response to 9/11. ‘How we have dreamt of this event … How all the world without exception dreamt of this event, for no one can avoid dreaming of the destruction of a power that has become hegemonic It is they (the terrorists) who acted, but we who wanted the deed.’


The political right, of course, can also be anti-American. As Timothy Garton Ash has observed, ‘To the [French] Gaullists, America is a culture so self-evidently moronic that only stump-toothed inbred Appalachian lardbutts could possibly fall for it.’ Sophistication is no barrier to the prejudice. The German philosopher Immanuel Kant thought Americans ‘had no passion, hardly speak at all, never caress one another, care about nothing, and are lazy.’


Andrei Markovits has written a landmark book about European anti-Americanism, Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America, and we reproduce extracts with the kind permission of Princeton University Press. Thomas Cushman reviews Uncouth Nation, and explores the idea that anti-Americanism is nothing less than a totem, a symbolic emblem of the European tribe: ‘what Markovits wants us to know is that [US] actions do less to produce anti-Americanism than to mobilise a deep-seated and obdurate cultural discourse which is latent within European culture and which functions to forge the very cultural dispositions of Europeans themselves’.


Sanjukta Ghosh reviews Feminism In India, an anthology of feminist essays edited by Maitrayee Chaudhur which traces the history of feminism from colonial times to contemporary India and explores the variety of Indian feminisms and their theoretical trajectories. Ghosh warns that ‘a return to “tradition” paradoxically might also limit efforts at liberation because it re-inscribes an essentialist, absolute and fixed notion of culture and tradition’, while ‘goddess-inspired Hindu feminism … has not only marginalised and alienated women in minority communities, but has also opened by possibilities of further exploitation of these very communities by the Hindu Right and the demarcation of more restrictive and repressive cultural lines’.

And much, much, more!

Andrei Markovits

Why Europe Dislikes America

Thomas Cushman

Anti-Americanism as Totem

Sanjukta Ghosh

Feminisms in India

Peter Tatchell

Gay Pride in Moscow

David Zarnett

Edward Said and the Iranian Revolution

Irfan Khawaja

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Nick Cohen

Orwell in Tribune

Brian Brivati

Lemkin and Shaw on Genocide

Norman Geras

Deficits of International Law

Peter Ryley

Miall on Conflict Resolution

Oren Ipp

Elster on Transitional Justice

Marko Attila Hoare

Framing the Balkan Wars

Jules Townshend

Ronald Dworkin on Democracy

Dick Howard

Reading Arendt’s On Revolution

Michael Ezra

Arendt in New York

Claude Lefort

Archive: The concept of totalitarianism

Robert Fine

Three comments on Claude Lefort

Interview with Ladan Boroumand

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