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The Indians: Potrait Of A People

 
Sudhir Kakar (Author) Katharina Kakar (Author)
Synopsis In this bold, illuminating and superbly readable study, India's foremost psychoanalyst and cultural commentator Sudhir Kakar and anthropologist Katharina Kakar investigate the nature of 'Indian-ness'. What makes an Indian recognizably so to the rest of the world, and, more importantly, to his or her fellow Indians? For, as the authors point out, despite ethnic differences that are characteristic more of past empires than modern nation states, there is an underlying unity in the great diversity of India that needs to be recognized. Looking at what constitutes a common Indian identity, the authors examine in detail the predominance of family, community and caste in our everyday lives, our attitudes to sex and marriage, our prejudices, our idea of the other (explored in a brilliant chapter on Hindu-Muslim conflict), and our understanding of health, right and wrong , and death. In the final chapter, they provide fascinating insight into the Indian mind, shaped largely by the culture's dominant, Hindu world view. Drawing upon three decades of original research and sources as varied as the Mahabharata, the Kamasutra, the writings of Mahatma Gandhi, Bollywood movies and popular folklore, Sudhir and Katharina Kakar have produced a rich and revealing portrait of the Indian people.
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About the author

Sudhir Kakar

Sudhir Kakar is a distinguished writer and psychoanalyst based in Delhi. He has taught at several leading universities in India, Europe and the United States. His many honours include the Goethe Medal, the Boyer Prize of the American Anthropological Association and the Bhaba, Nehru and ICSSR National Fellowships as well as fellowships with the Institutes of Advanced Studies, Princeton and Berlin. His many books, translated into languages round the world, include The Inner World; Shamans, Mystics and Doctors; Tales of Love, Sex and Danger; The Analyst and the Mystic; The Colours of Violence; Culture and Psyche; The Indian Psyche and The Ascetic of Desire.

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Title The Indians: Potrait Of A People
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0670999237
length 226p.
Subjects History