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The Essential Writings of Sudhir Kakar

Sudhir Kakar (Author)
Synopsis Since the last quarter of a century, Sudhir Kakar’s work on Indian culture and society has found large appreciative audiences both in India and abroad. This selection by the author covers a wide spectrum from classical love poetry to modern mysticism, from Hindu childhood to India’s healing traditions, from male-female relations to Hindu-Muslim violence. With a significant introduction by T.G. Vaidyanathan, this Sudhir Kakar reader contains extracts from several of his books, which have been translated into all the major languages. Included are psychoanalytical reflections on dominant themes in the emotional life of Hindu men, psycho-biographical essays on such cultural heroes as Ramakrishna, Vivekananda and Gandhi, the unveiling of the erotic secret in the Radha and Krishna legend, the healing secret of the guru, love in Hindi cinema, and the psychology of religious fanaticism. This book, which focuses for the first time on a living writer, as part of the essential writings series, is indispensable for a psychological understanding of the country as it establishes itself in this millennium. It is meant for students of psychology, South Asian culture and sociology, as well as the general reader.
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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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Bibliographic information

Title The Essential Writings of Sudhir Kakar
Author Sudhir Kakar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195651499
length xxxii+397p., 23cm.