Childhood, Family and Sociocultural Change in India: Reinterpreting the Inner World

Hardcover | August 22, 2003

EditorDinesh Sharma

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This book deals with the nature of sociocultural change in India and its relevance for the scientific study of childhood, family environments and the process of human development. The view developed in this book is an interdisciplinary one, with a focus on social, developmental andpsychoanalytic theory. On the one hand, the growing Indian middle class appears to be in the process of creating a new sense of Indianness, a sort of 'transitional identity', aspiring to be authentically Indian yet thoroughly modern; and on the other, there remains a search for the authentic Hindu self, best representedby the Hindutva movement and the BJP achieving political power. From a social and psychological perspective, these cultural and political movements hope to expunge the harsh pain of the colonial legacy, while managing to fight off the stresses and strains of modernity. Both the inward looking andthe outward directed components of the new Indian identity impact the domain of the family through parenting, schooling and media, represented in the daily routines of socialization. The book addresses this challenge by working its way through psychoanalytic or developmental issues in order to arrive at a consensus between theory and observations on Indian childhood and personality development. Although this realm of experience remains relatively unexplored within the socialdiscourse in India, the psychoanalytic works by Sudhir Kakar on the psychosocial tensions underlying Indian society offer a great landmark and a starting point. A unique and overdue study, this volume brings important debates previously aired only in relation to rather restricted audiences to awider readership.

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This book deals with the nature of sociocultural change in India and its relevance for the scientific study of childhood, family environments and the process of human development. The view developed in this book is an interdisciplinary one, with a focus on social, developmental andpsychoanalytic theory. On the one hand, the growing I...

Dinesh Sharma is a Lecturer in Psychology, William Paterson University, New Jersey, USA and Research Associate, Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology, St Francis College, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:171 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.63 inPublished:August 22, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195664604

ISBN - 13:9780195664607

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Preface: A social science perspective on childhood experience in India1. Infancy and childhood in India: A review2. Cultural continuity and change in Kakar's works: Some reflections3. Culture, family structure, and psyche in Hindu India: The 'fit' and the 'inconsistencies'4. Kakar's psychoanalytic interpretation of Indian childhood: The need to emphasize the father and multiple caregivers in the socialization equation5. In defense of The Inner World6. Psychoanalysis and Sociocultural Change in India: A Conversation with Sudhir Kakar