The "Savage Freud" and Other Essays on Possible and Retrievable Selves
By (author) Ashis Nandy
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Savage Freud and Other Essays on Possible and Retrievable Selves by Ashis Nandy
Book DescriptionOne 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691044101
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 17-Apr-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ashis Nandy
Flaming Feet and Other Essays, Hardback (April 2011)
Presents the author's vision of the Indian caste system in relation to Dalit politics - the Dalit being a self-designation for many groups in the lower castes of India. This title argues that the Dalit movement rejected the traditional Hindu world and thus dismissed untouchable pasts entirely.
Intimate Enemy, Paperback (July 2009)
This edition, including a new preface by the author, explores the ways in which colonialism damaged the colonizing societies themselves, and how the likes of Gandhi resisted their rulers in British India by building on the lifestyle, values, and psychology of ordinary Indians and by heeding dissenting voices from the West.
Time Treks, Paperback (September 2008)» View all books by Ashis Nandy
Uses the metaphor of the future - imagined utopias, conceptions of cultural possibilities, social critiques of things to come - and redefines the present.
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