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Catarina Kinnvall

Catarina Kinnvall

Professor

Catarina Kinnvall

Misrecognition and the Indian State: The Desire for Sovereign Agency

Författare

  • Catarina Kinnvall
  • Ted Svensson

Summary, in English

A focus on misrecognition allows us to move between levels of analysis in a holistic fashion. If misrecognition works through the conscious and the unconscious we can account for the many overlapping insecurities and securities believed to exist at the individual, group, or state level – and thus felt. These insecurities also present themselves through the categories used to describe them and the policies through which they become materialised, technologised, and depoliticised, often by closing down discursive boundaries. Lacan’s concepts of desire, real and lack are here important for understanding the impossibility of recognising something that cannot be recognised. Hence, a perspective that takes misrecognition not as an end result or as failed attempts to reformulate the exceptional as the normal, has the potential to rethink the political subject. In empirical terms, the article discusses how this process of misrecognition has been shaped in the Indian context of postcolonial state formation and articulations of sovereignty. We show how the Indian state is being rethought, restructured, and reimagined through Hindu nationalism and how the concept of misrecognition accounts for desires for sovereign agency and group cohesiveness, but also for resistance to various reimaginations of the Indian state.

Avdelning/ar

  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Publiceringsår

2018

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

902-921

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Review of International Studies

Volym

44

Issue

5

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Cambridge University Press

Ämne

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • Globalization Studies

Nyckelord

  • misrecognition
  • sovereignty
  • security
  • psychoanalysis
  • India

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1469-9044