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Guest Speaker: Master Class on Aasim Sajjad Akhtar’s “The Politics of Common Sense: State, Society, and Culture in Pakistan”

December 2, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dr. Ayyaz Mallick
Faculty of Environmental and Urban
Change, York University

December 2, 3-5pm (via zoom)
University of Toronto
Department of History

Master class zoom link
Passcode: 665812

For more information contact coordinator: Dr. Kristin Plys (kristin.plys@utoronto.ca)

2nd Dec: Master Class on Aasim Sajjad Akhtar’s “The Politics of Common Sense: State, Society, and Culture in Pakistan”

Aasim Sajjad Akhtar’s Politics of Common Sense is one of the most concerted recent efforts to bring a Gramscian lens to bear on the postcolonial state and civil society. Akhtar draws upon contemporary Marxist-Gramscian debates to critique and extend Hamza Alavi’s influential theorisation of the “overdeveloped” postcolonial state. In doing so, he provides a holistic account of the Pakistani state, society, and economy over the last four decades, through a focus on the country’s changing ruling bloc, shifting modes of accumulation, and mechanisms of coercion-consent. This masterclass will discuss Akhtar’s arguments, their continuities and discontinuities with older lineages of Marxist and postcolonial theorisations of state-civil society, and their advances and limitations for understanding social change and politics in Pakistan and beyond in the global South

 

 

 

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December 2, 2020
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3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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