Ashis Nandy and the Cultural Politics of Selfhood (Hardback)Christine Deftereos (author)
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The main features of this book are its original reading and the authentic use of the psychoanalytic theory to characterise and demonstrate the importance of psychoanalysis in Nandy's work. This innovative reading of Nandy's psychoanalytic approach is explored through his writings on secularism and the rise of Hindu fundamentalism, before looking at how this also operates in The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialsim (1983) Nandy's best-known book, and across his work more broadly. In doing so the author details the way Nandy confronts his own postcolonial identity and the complexities of the cultural politics of selfhood as a feature of his approach, an arresting and confronting task that can have a disarming effect. It affirms Nandy's significance as a contemporary chronicler whose social and political criticism resonates beyond India.
Publisher: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
Number of pages: 280
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
A commendable job of taking on Ashish Nandy, one of the most confrontational and incendiary of Indian political scientists and also presenting a balanced and intuitively agreeable assessment of his intellectual works...the book is definitely not for common man, but the follower of politics or rather the psychology of politics at the discussion level is of an esoteric nature. -- The Financial Express
The book has taken a totally different approach from other critiques of Nandy's work to deepen our understanding of Nandy. -- The Telegraph
[It is an] exceedingly well written book on Nandy's lifelong engagement with cultural politics of selfhood, a work that is expository and scholarly at the same time.... An extremely readable book, likely to have a very special appeal for those who have been tracking Ashis Nandy's work for long.-- The Tribune, 19 January 2014
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