Who Sings the Nation-State?

Language, Politics, Belonging

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Judith Butler


4 x 7 inches, 128pp. 2007

ISBN : 9781905422579

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Who Sings the Nation-State brings together two of America\\\'s foremost critics and two of the most influential theorists of the last decade. Together, they explore the past, present and future of the state in a time of globalization.


What is contained in a state has become ever more plural whilst the boundaries of a state have become ever more fluid. No longer does a state naturally come with a nation. In a world of migration and shifting allegiances—caused by cultural, economic, military and climatic change—the state is a more provisional place and its inhabitants more stateless.


This spirited and engaging conversation ranges widely across Palestine, what Enlightenment and key contemporary philosophers have to say about the state, who exercises power in today\\\'s world, whether we can have a right to rights, and even what the singing of the Star Spangled Banner in Spanish says about the complex world we live in today. 

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Depts of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at Berkeley and author of numerous works including Giving an Account of Oneself, Subjects of Desire, Gender Trouble, Bodies That Matter, The Psychic Life of Power, Excitable Speech and Antigone´s Claim

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Center for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, teaches English and the politics of culture. Author of Myself Must I Remake (1974), In Other Worlds (1987), The Post-Colonial Critic (1988), Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason (1999), and Death of a Discipline (2003), she has also translated Jacques Derrida’s Of Grammatology (1976) and Mahasweta Devi’s Imaginary Maps (1994), Breast Stories (1997), Old Women (1999), and Chotti Munda and His Arrow (2002). Spivak’s work has been translated into all the major European and Asian languages.


Political Philosophy
Culture Studies