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Critical humanities from India : contexts, issues, futures

Author: D Venkat Rao
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2018. ©2018
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"The field of humanities generates a discourse that traditionally addressed the questions of what is proper to man, rights of man, crimes against humanity, human creativity and action, human reflection and performance, human utterance and artefact. The university as a philosophical-political institution transmits this humanist account. This European humanistic legacy, which is little more than Christian  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Critical humanities from India.
New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
(DLC) 2017353773
(OCoLC)1014131585
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: D Venkat Rao
ISBN: 9781351234948 1351234943
OCLC Number: 1020572438
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 301 pages)
Contents: Education and structures of moral formation: the limits of liberal education in India / Shashikala Srinivasan --
In-discipline(s): diversity, disciplinarity and the humanities / Kailash Baral --
Sites of learning and intellectual parasitism: the case for new humanities / Vivek Dhareshwar --
Why communalism is an Indian problem: the relationship between communalism and Hinduism in colonial discourse / Sufiya Pathan --
Sacerdotal violence and the caste system: the long shadow of Christian-Orientalism / Prakash Shah --
Caste as an impediment in the journey of a Bhakta: Lingayat Vachanas, jati and aadhyatma / Dunkin Jalki --
River literacy and the challenge of a rain terrain / Dilip Da Cunha --
Accents of memory: critical humanities and the question of inheritance / D. Venkat Rao --
Indian culture and its social security system / S.N. Balagangadhara --
The politics of knowledge, here and now: a conversation with Ashis Nandy / Ashis Nandy and Ananya Vajpeyi.
Responsibility: edited by D. Venkat Rao.

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"The field of humanities generates a discourse that traditionally addressed the questions of what is proper to man, rights of man, crimes against humanity, human creativity and action, human reflection and performance, human utterance and artefact. The university as a philosophical-political institution transmits this humanist account. This European humanistic legacy, which is little more than Christian anthropology, barely received any questioning from cultures that faced colonialism. In such a context, this volume attempts to unravel the 'barely secularized heritage' of Europe (Derrida's phrase) and its fatal consequences in other cultures. The task of Critical Humanities is to explore the ways in which the question of being human (along with non-human others) today from heterogeneous cultural 'backgrounds' can be undertaken. The future of the humanities teaching and research is contingent upon the risky task of configuring cultural difference from non-European locations. Such a task is inescapable and urgently needed when tectonic cultural upheavals have begun to show devastating effect on planetary coexistence today. It is precisely in such a context that this collection of essays on critical humanities affirms, 'without alibi', the urgency of collective reflection and innovative research across the traditional disciplinary and institutional borders and communication systems on the one hand and Asian, African and European cultural formations on the other. Critical Humanities are at one level little more than communities on the verge (critical) but whose centuries long survival and resilient creations of cultural (and /as natural) habitats are of deeply enduring significance to affirm the biocultural diversities of living that compose the planet. Topical and timely, this book will be useful to scholars, researchers and teachers of cultural theory, literary studies, philosophy, cultural geography, legal studies, sociology, history, performance studies, environmental studies, caste and communalism studies, postcolonial theory, India studies, and education."--Provided by publisher.

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