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The Politics of Common Sense
State, Society and Culture in Pakistan

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  • Date Published: May 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108226073

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  • This work offers a refreshingly different perspective on Pakistan - it documents the evolution of Pakistan's structure of power over the past four decades. In particular, how the military dictatorship headed by General Zia ul Haq (1977–1988) - whose rule has been almost exclusively associated with a narrow agenda of Islamisation - transformed the political field through a combination of coercion and consent-production. The Zia regime inculcated within the society at large a 'common sense' privileging the cultivation of patronage ties and the concurrent demeaning of counter-hegemonic political practices which had threatened the structure of power in the decade before the military coup in 1977. The book meticulously demonstrates how the politics of common sense has been consolidated in the past three decades through the agency of emergent social forces such as traders and merchants as well as the religio-political organisations that gained in influence during the 1980s.

    • The writing style makes this work an accessible read for non-specialist readers
    • Offers new insights that contradict the stereotypical notions surrounding Pakistan
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    • Date Published: May 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108226073
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The structure of power 'from above'
    3. Accumulation in practice
    4. The many faces of Islam
    5. The nation that never became
    6. The subordinate classes: beyond common sense?
    7. Epilogue: what does a counter-hegemonic politics look like?

  • Author

    Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
    Aasim Sajjad Akhtar is at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies in Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad where he teaches colonial history, social theory and comparative politics. Prior to this he was at the Lahore University of Management Sciences.

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