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Academic Dependency in the Social Science: Structural Reality and Intellectual Challenges

Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff (Editor) Syed Farid Alatas (Editor)
Synopsis This book deals with the academic dependency of scholars variously positioned in the South. All contributors to this book acknowledge that though place might play a different role in the contemporary globalized world, yet the location of people has not become irrelevant. However, there is limited knowledge about the impact of place among academicians differently located in the South and of the costs and benefits of academic globalization. The main purpose of this book therefore is to increase our knowledge about the net result of such a calculus today for various regions in the South. Though all scholars in this book look upon academic dependency as a problem, there are differences of opinion as to what constitutes academic dependency, what its manifestations are, and how we may cope with academic dependency.

The papers in this volume deal with two major dimensions or levels of the problem of academic dependency, that is, the theoretical and practical. The editors think it is essential that academic dependency be understood and dealt with along these two levels as this will enables us to appreciate the magnitude of the problem and seriously consider the options available to us as we consider measures to overcome academic dependency.
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About the authors

Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff

Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff (1964) is Director Research in the Asian Development research Institute (ADRI), Ranchi, Jharkhan (India). She received her Ph.D. degree in 1995 (cum laude) from the Centre of Asian Studies in Amsterdam (CASA) with her study on Girlhood in colonial Calcutta entitled Save Ourselves and the Girls! (Rotterdam: Extravert 1995). She has received several post-doctoral fellowships and published in academic journals and edited books. She is also co-editor of ‘State, Society and Displaced People in South Asia’ (Dhaka: The University Press Limited 2004) (along with Dr. Imtiaz ahmed and Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta).

Syed Farid Alatas

Syed Farid Alatas is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, where he has been since 1992. He obtained his PhD (1991) from Johns Hopkins University and has previously lectured in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Malaya (1989-92). Besides being published in journals such as Current Sociology, Teaching Sociology, Antropologi Indonesia and The European Legacy, he has previously published two books-Democracy and Authoritarianism: The Rise of the Post-Colonial State in Indonesia and Malaysia (1997) and Asian Anthropology (co-edited with Jan Breman and Eyal Ben-Ari) (2005). He is currently working on a book in the area of Muslim revival and another project on the Ba'alawi sufi order.

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Bibliographic information

Title Academic Dependency in the Social Science: Structural Reality and Intellectual Challenges
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173048944
length 333p., 23cm.