Worldmaking After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination


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Princeton University Press
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6.1 X 9.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Adom Getachew is the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago.


Winner of the ISA Theory Best Book, Theory Section of the International Studies Association
"This beautifully written and tremendously important book charts new territory and moves political theory in essential and innovative new directions."--Jeanne Morefield, Whitman College
"Fundamentally shifting the conversation about anticolonial thought and practice, Worldmaking after Empire is a work of profound intellectual and historical recovery and a landmark contribution to the study of the twentieth-century global order. Essential reading, this masterful book speaks beautifully to our own contemporary debates over globalization, inequality, and international politics, and serves as a powerful reminder of the paths not taken."--Aziz Rana, author of Two Faces of American Freedom
"What can 'worldmaking' be after empire? In this profound and elegant book, Adom Getachew challenges the conventional narrative of anticolonial self-determination, showing that, in its best hands, decolonization was also an effort to critique and reimagine the moral-political languages of international order in the hope of transforming postimperial possibilities. In its understated luminosity and unsettling restraint, this book sharpens our sense of what is at stake in rehistoricizing the postcolonial present."--David Scott, Columbia University
It's been a bad decade for politics, but a great decade for political theory. Three standouts for me were Shatema Threadcraft's Intimate Justice, Adom Getachew's Worldmaking after Empire, and Kathi Weeks's The Problem With Work.---Amia Srinivasan, The Chronicle of Higher Education