Ashis Nandy and the Cultural Politics of Selfhood

Ashis Nandy and the Cultural Politics of Selfhood

by Christine Deftereos

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Overview

Ashis Nandy and the Cultural Politics of Selfhood gives the reader an insight into a novel aspect of Nandy. The author insists that Ashis Nandy is not merely a self-described political psychologist; he is also an intellectual street fighter who comes face to face with the psychology of politics and the politics of psychology, thus affirming why this intellectual is one of the most original and confronting Indian thinkers of his generation. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789353881917
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/18/2020
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Christine Deftereos is a social theorist whose writings explore the relationship between self and society. Her research interests take place at the intersection between contemporary social and political criticism, psychoanalytic theory and the politics of selfhood. With a specialized interest in postcolonial identities and South Asian politics, her work also explores processes of identification and the limits of identity politics.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Intellectual Streetfighting-From the Symptomatic to the Psychotherapeutic
I: THE PATHOLOGIES OF SECULARISM
The Pathologies of Secularism
Containing Indianness: Secularism versus Hindutva?
II: SYMPTOMATIC RESPONSES: READING THE POLITICS OF BLAME
The Conceptual Battleground of Anti-Secularism and Culturalism
Critique at the Threshold of Politics
Revolt and the Role of the Critic
III:CRITICAL INTERVENTIONS: TOWARDS THE PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC
The Psychotherapeutic as a Mode of Social Criticism
Conclusion: Re-imaginings in the Cultural Politics of Selfhood
References
Index

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