Latha Varadarajan

in The Domestic Abroad

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199733910
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866205 | DOI:

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Using the experiences of the Indian delegation in Davos in 2006 and 2009 as symbolic bookends, this chapter reveals the manner in which the crisis of the global capitalist economy has exposed the essential hollowness of the claims made by the Indian bourgeoisie, including those related to the figure of the “global Indian” as an illustration of India's intrinsic abilities and will to succeed. This in turn puts the domestic abroad into perspective as a phenomenon that has helped underscore the increasingly fragile foundations of bourgeois hegemony in India. The chapter concludes with a brief consideration of the implications of the larger argument of the book for understanding the production of the domestic abroad across different contexts, and for the discipline of International Relations.

Keywords: Davos; World Economic Forum; India Inc; Global Indian; global economic crisis; new Indian entrepreneur; Satyam; domestic abroad; constructivism

Chapter.  6571 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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