- John Dewey: The Global Public and its Problems (2016, Manchester University Press. Also available to read online via open access)
This book outlines the need for John Dewey to be read as a philosopher of globalisation rather than simply as a ‘local’ American philosopher. Although Dewey’s political philosophy was a creature of late 19th century and early 20th century America it was more importantly about America in a globalised world. Through returning to and recovering the neglected dimensions of John Dewey’s political philosophy and international writings the book will aim to highlight a ‘global’ Dewey, whose insights about globalisation and democracy can contribute towards and inform present theoretical debates about globalisation and global democracy.
“This carefully crafted response to Dewey's critics and supporters alike presents a radical Dewey appropriate for our own time of massive economic disparity and emerging global publics. The Dewey presented here takes the measure of relations between bourgeois democracy and global democracies, between liberal capitalism and social democracy. Narayan's Dewey is edgy and exciting.” – Larry A. Hickman, Director of the Center for Dewey Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA
“John Narayan's incisive, timely work challenges us to rethink the meaning and possibility of democracy in today's global context. Using John Dewey's ideas about democratic publics, the book probes the potentialities and limits of democracy in a globalized world rife with sharp economic inequalities, intense racial, ethnic, and religious splits, and strong anti-democratic currents. His reconstructive interpretation outlines an alternative to the dominant neoliberal regime.” – Robert J. Antonio, Professor of Sociology, University of Kansas, USA
- European Cosmopolitanism: Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Societies (2017 co-edited with Gurminder K. Bhambra, International Library of Sociology Series, Routledge)
- ‘Fanon’s Decolonized Europe: The Double Promise of Coloured Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Austerity’ in Narayan, J. and Bhambra, G.K. (eds.) European Cosmopolitism: Colonial Histories and Post-Colonial Societies (Routledge: London, 2017)
- 'Malcolm X, Smethwick and BME Politics' [with Kehinde Andrews] Discover Society, April 2015