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Non-Western Reflection on Politics

Edited By Petr Drulák and Sárka Moravcová

Recent rise of the non-Western parts of the world makes the need for a genuine global dialogue more urgent than ever before. To take an effective part in it, the West needs to face a conceptual challenge. The Western understanding of the political world is based on such deeply ingrained concepts as power, politics, statecraft, cooperation, multilateralism, dependence, identity or human rights. The Westerners tend to wrongly assume that everyone else is bound to share these concepts. This book shows that the reality is different. Investigating African, Asian, Islamic and Latin American political thinking, the book introduces non-Western concepts of politics as well as non-Western readings of seemingly familiar Western concepts. By doing this, it points to the obstacles to the global dialogue as well as to opportunities which may be exploited.


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The book is a result of the activities of a Czech-based but international network of scholars focusing on non-Western areas. It is supported by the project RESAREAS, which was funded by the European Commission and the Czech Min- istry of Education in 2012 and 2013. The editors would like to thank the project co-ordinator, Vlastimil Fiala, for his support. The editors would also like to thank Jan Hrubín and Adil Abdulla for their language editing.

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