Ashis Nandy and the Cultural Politics of Selfhoodby Christine Deftereos SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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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.
The book will find a market in libraries of institutions as well as centres of learning, which offer degrees in Philosophy, Psychology and Cultural Studies.
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
[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.