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One of India's leading public intellectuals, Ashis Nandy is a highly influential critic of modernity, science, nationalism, and secularism. In this, his most important collection of essays so far, he seeks to locate cultural forms and languages of being and thinking that defy the logic and hegemony of the modern West. The core of the volume consists of two ambitious, deeply probing essays, one on the early success of psychoanalysis in India, the other on the justice meted out by the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal to the defeated Japanese. Both issues are viewed in the context of the psychology of dominance over a subservient or defeated culture.

This theme is explored further in essays on mass culture and the media, political terrorism, the hold of modern medicine, and, notably, the conflict or split between the creative work of writers like Kipling, Rushdie, and H. G. Wells, and the political and social values they publicly and rationally present. Also included is a controversial essay by Nandy on the issue of sati, or widow's suicide.

Synopsis:

One of India's leading public intellectuals, Ashis Nandy is a highly influential critic of modernity, science, nationalism, and secularism. In this, his most important collection of essays so far, he seeks to locate cultural forms and languages of being and thinking that defy the logic and hegemony of the modern West.

Table of Contents

Preface
The Discreet Charms of Indian Terrorism1
Sati in Kali Yuga: The Public Debate on Roop Kanwar's Death32
The Other Within: The Strange Case of Radhabinod Pal's Judgment on Culpability53
The Savage Freud: The First Non-Western Psychoanalyst and the Politics of Secret Selves in Colonial India81
Modern Medicine and its Nonmodern Critics: A Study in Discourse145
An Intelligent Critic's Guide to Indian Cinema196
Satyajit Ray's Secret Guide to Exquisite Murders: Creativity, Social Criticism, and the Partitioning of the Self237
Index267

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691044101
Author:
Nandy, Ashis
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
India
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
India Civilization.
Subject:
Movements - Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
India Politics and government.
Subject:
Political Science and In
Subject:
ternational Relations
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History Paperback
Series Volume:
SB (168)
Publication Date:
April 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 13 oz

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