Dissenting Knowledges, Open Futures: The Multiple Selves and Strange Destinations of Ashis Nandy by Vinay Lal

Dissenting Knowledges, Open Futures: The Multiple Selves and Strange Destinations of Ashis Nandy

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Ashis Nandy has occupied a distinct and unrivaled place in the intellectual life of India over the course of the last three decades. He is unquestionably the country's most exciting, and perhaps its most controversial, thinker. He has been described variously as a cultural psychologist,futurist, political theorist, cultural critic, and much else. What is certain is that his writings on secularism, the Indian state, and contemporary Indian society have ineradicably altered the framework by which India is sought to be understood.Nandy's some twenty odd books cover a vast terrain and offer trenchant critiques of the modern nation-state system, the supposed rationality of science, the violence of development, and the zero-sum politics of our times. Writing on subjects as diverse as the popular Hindi film, psychoanalysis, thecinema of Satyajit Ray, childhood, the culture of cricket, Gandhian politics, the politics of utopias, and alternative futures, he lays bare the oppressive nature of modernity and provides a different framework for social action and alternative conceptions of culture.This volume is the first attempt to engage with the work of one of the most versatile thinkers in the world. A long conversation between Nandy and the editor, prefaced by the editor's introduction, furnishes some idea of the canvas of Nandy's thought and intellectual interests. A second sectionoffers a brief sampling of his essays, some of them autobiographical and extensively revised for this volume; other pieces, originally written for The Times of India, suggest his stature as a public intellectual. A third, concluding section offers some analytical perspectives on Nandy's work bypublic intellectuals and scholars, among them literary critics, a film theorist, a historian of Chinese intellectual history, and a historian of the subaltern school. For the revised edition of this volume, a new introduction has been added and the bibliography of Nandy's writings has beenupdated.

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Vinay Lal teaches history at UCLA. He was Professor of History at University of Delhi, 2010-11. His recent books include Deewaar: The Footpath, the City, and the Angry Young Man (2011), Political Hinduism: The Religious Imagination in Public Spheres (Oxford University Press, 2009), The Other Indians: Politics and Culture of South Asia...
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Title:Dissenting Knowledges, Open Futures: The Multiple Selves and Strange Destinations of Ashis NandyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.75 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction to the second editionPreface to the first editionContributorsPART I1. The Defiance of Defiance and Liberation for the Victims of History: Ashis Nandy in Conversation with Vinay LalPART II: Writings by Ashis Nandy2. The After-Life of the Raj in Indian Academe3. How I Stopped Worrying and Started Loving the Babus4. A Report on the Present State of Health of the Gods and Goddesses in South Asia5. 5. Themes of State, History, and Exile in South Asian Clandestine and Incommunicable Selves6. The Decline in the Imagination of the Village7. The Fantastic India-Pakistan Battle: Or the Future of the Past in South Asia8. The Philosophy of Coca-Cola9. The Fear of Plague: The Inner Demons of a SocietyPART III: Critical Perspectives on Ashis Nandy10. The A B C D (and E) of Ashis Nandy-Ziauddin Sardar11. Makarand Paranjape: In the Interstices of Tradition and Modernity : Exploring Ashis Nandy's Clandestine and Incommunicable Selves12. Dipesh Chakrabarty: he Modern Indian Intellectual and the Problems of the Past : An Engagement with the thoughts of Ashish Nandy13. Arif Dirlik: Reading Ashis Nandy: The Return of the Past; or Modernity with a Vengeance14. Roby Rajan: Evasions of the Postmodern Desire15. Frederick Buell: Ashis Nandy and Globalist Discourse16. Peter Wollen: Cricket and ModernitySelected Bibliography, 1979-98, of the Writings of Ashis NandyAddendum: Bibliography of the Writings of Ashis Nandy, 1998-2012