Reconceptualizing India Studies

Hardcover | September 15, 2012

byS. N. Balagangadhara

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This book asserts that postcolonial studies and modern India studies are in need of theoretical rejuvenation. Post Said's Orientalism, postcolonialism, as a discipline, has drifted into the realm of paralysing self-reflection and impenetrable jargon. This volume addresses the original concernsof postcolonial studies and the central problems of modern India studies, and points out a potential direction for the social-scientific study of the Indian culture at a time when it is being challenged from all sides. Stressing the need for an alternative understanding of the Western culture,Balagangadhara argues that Hinduism, caste system, and secularism are not colonial constructs but entities within the Western cultural experience. He believes that the so-called facts about India and her traditions are a result of colonial consciousness. To answer the questions about Indiantraditions, we need to understand the Western culture.This book will be of considerable interest to all those interested in understanding Indian society, culture, and traditions. Scholars and students of history, philosophy, sociology, and postcolonial studies will also find this very useful.

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This book asserts that postcolonial studies and modern India studies are in need of theoretical rejuvenation. Post Said's Orientalism, postcolonialism, as a discipline, has drifted into the realm of paralysing self-reflection and impenetrable jargon. This volume addresses the original concernsof postcolonial studies and the central pro...

S.N. Balagangadhara is Professor and Director Research Centre, Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap, Department of Comparative Science of Cultures at Ghent University in Belgium.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:September 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. 'Culture' and the 'Cultural': Problems, Pitfalls and a Proposal2. The Future of the Present: Rethinking the Post-colonial Project3. Comparative Science of Cultures: A Methodological Reflection4. Colonialism and Colonial Consciousness5. India and Her Traditions: An Open Letter to Jeffrey Kripal6. Are Dialogues an Antidote to Violence?7. Intercultural Encounters, Reasonable Dialogues, and Normative Political Theory8. The Secular State and the Religious ConflictBibliographyIndex