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The Future of Knowledge & Culture

Vinay Lal (Editor) Ashis Nandy (Editor)
Synopsis The twentieth century was for the most part an unfolding of the nineteenth, but the twenty-first century is a time of open ended transition. This remarkable book attempts to provide a cartography of the contemporary global framework of knowledge and culture that can tell us where we’ve arrived in the new millennium, and where we are beaded. It is organized around some of the ideas, products and practices that constitute everyday life. The Future of Knowledge and Culture is a dictionary that defies the grid of conventionality. It invites the reader to debate and exchange ideas with some of the most daring thinkers in the world – from Gustavo Esteva, the scholar-activist associated with the Zapatistas, writing on grass roots, to Ziauddin Sardar, historian of science and Islamic scholar, exploring the Internet; from Douglas Lummis, radically rethinking existing definitions of democracy, to Manu Kothari and Lopa Mehta, taking on modern medical wisdom to celebrate the wisdom of the body, and Majid Rahnema, who stands the conventional idea of poverty on its head. Nothing is beyond the scope of this dictionary. From weapons of mass destruction to plague, sacred groves to the philosophy of Coca-Cola, spin doctors to maps, Bollywood to coronary bypass, the sixty-five entries seem to cover only a cross-section of life, but their concern is nothing less than altering an entire way of thinking that has become ingrained in us, thanks to our education, upbringing, lazy habits of thought and fear of skepticism. This book challenges us to rethink the world of the urban, middle-class certainties, suggesting that an open spirit and the ability to live in multiple, often contradictory worlds may be the key to our survival in the new century.
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About the authors

Vinay Lal

Vinay Lal is Associate Professor of History, University of California at Los Angeles. His most recent works are Empire of Knowledge: Culture and Plurality in the Global Economy (Plato Press, 2002), of Cricket, Gandhi, and Guinness: Essays in Indian History and Culture (Seagul Press, 2002) and (edited) Dissenting Knowledge, Open Future: The Multiple Selves and Strange Destinations of Ashis Nandy (Oxford, 2000). He also wrote South Asian Cultural Studies: A Bibliography.

Ashis Nandy

Ashis Nandy is senior fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. He has written over fifteen books, including The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self under Colonialism (Oxford, 1983), Traditions, Tyranny, and Utopias: Essays in the Politics of Awareness (Oxford, 1987) and an ambiguous Journey to the City: The Village and Other Odd Ruins of the Self in the Indian Imagination (Oxford, 2001).

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Bibliographic information

Title The Future of Knowledge & Culture
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0670058130
length xiv+375p., Notes; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History