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Chakravarty, Prasanta. Populism and Its Limits: After Articulation. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020.


Populism and Its Limits is a response to the evaluative and celebratory approaches to populism in social sciences and humanities. It seeks to study the phenomenon of populism, thoroughly consider its limits and, if possible, proposes ways out to other kinds of commitment in life, living and politics. It aims to formulate responses that take on the spurious and non-dialectical dissociation between thought and action, intellect and emotion, the people and the elite.

Table of contents

  • Introduction: After Articulation
    Prasanta Chakravarty
  • First Principles
    • The Rift
      Milind Wakankar
    • The Passage of Hate
      Sanil V.
    • The Ismos of the Many
      Shaj Mohan
  • Conjectures
    • The Subject of Desire and Enjoyment
      Gautam Basu Thakur and Meghant Sudan
    • Agonism and the ‘Revolutionary-Becomings’: Mouffe, Deluze and ‘The Populist Movement’
      Raghu Menon Jayakumar
    • On the Deconstructive Logic of Populism
      Samir Gandesha
    • Populism Lite
      Prasanta Chakravarty
  • Expositions
    • The Borrowed Geographies of Neoliberal Neighbourhoods: Populist Governance in India
      Rajarshi Dasgupta
    • Individuation and the Authoritarian Public: Rajelakshmy’s A Path and Many Shadows
      Urmila G. and Nikhil Govind
    • The Popular, Populist and the Political in Priyadarshan’s Films
      Yadukrishan P. T.
  • Branchings
    • The Non-Populist Popular and the Cinematic Apocrypha
      Parichay Patra
    • The Future of Non-Populism
      Debraj Dasgupta

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene.