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Time Treks: The Uncertain Future of Old and New Despotisms

Ashis Nandy (Author)
Synopsis In time Warps: The Insistent Politics of Silent and Evasive Pasts Ashis Nandy argued that his work can be seen as 'an adventure in one kind of time travel, where one mainly uses or invokes the past to shape the contemporary.'  In the present collection he reverses that journey. Using the metaphor of the future-imagined utopias, conceptions of cultural possibilities, social critiques of things to come-Nandy redefines the present.  His efforts 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 the West and thrust upon the Rest.  Nandy critiques the Enlightenment and all conceptions based on limited ideas of 'reason' and 'development' given shape in Europe, arguing 'our responsibility towards alternative systems of knowledge at points in time when human beings turn emancipatory ideas, ideologies, and categories into new tools of violence and oppression.'  The imaginatively titled essays in this book include 'The Beautiful, Expanding Future of Poverty'; 'The Fantastic India-Pakistan Battle, or the Future of the Past in South Asia'; and 'Shamans, Savages, and the Wilderness: On the Audibility of Dissent and the Future of Civilizations'.
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About the author

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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Title Time Treks: The Uncertain Future of Old and New Despotisms
Author Ashis Nandy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 11.07.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 9788178241364
length xx+209p., Index; 23cm.