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Time Treks

The Uncertain Future of Old and New Despotisms

In this collection of essays, Ashis Nandy uses the metaphor of the future -- imagined utopias, conceptions of cultural possibilities, social critiques of things to come - to redefine the present.  Nandy’s effort is to demonstrate that, in a world increasingly dominated by a narrow range of ideologies, one must affirm that social ethics and a more humane society can be based on grounds other than those framed for the past 200 years by political and psychological forces that have tried to flatten and homogenize the world and reduce the possibility of diverse futures.
Nandy critiques the Enlightenment and the limited ideas of ’reason,’ ’progress’ and ’development’ given shape in Europe.  He insists that we own up to our responsibility for alternative systems of knowledge at points in time ’when human beings turn emancipatory ideas, ideologies, and categories into new tools of violence and oppression.’

228 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | © 2008

History: Asian History

Political Science: Comparative Politics

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1  The Twentieth Century
    The Ambivalent Homecoming of Homo psychologicus
2  The Fantastic India-Pakistan Battle
    Or, the Future of the Past in South Asia
3  Telling the Story of Communal Conflicts in South Asia
    Interim Report on a Personal Search for Defining Myths
4  Beyond the Nuclear Age
    The Future of ’Futurelessness’
5  The Beautiful, Expanding Future of Poverty
    Popular Economics as a Psychological Defense
6  Towards an Alternative Politics of Psychology
7  Humiliation
    The Politics and Cultural Psychology of the Limits of Human Degradation
8  The City of the Mind
    The Darkness and the Shadows
9  Shamans, Savages, and the Wilderness
    On the Audibility of Dissent and the Future of Civilizations

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