Traditions, Tyranny, and Utopias: Essays in the Politics of Awareness

Oxford University Press (1987)
These six essays present an outsider's view of Western norms of progress, rationality, and maturity, and offer an alternate perspective on oppression in modern times. Well-known psychologist and social theorist Ashis Nandy stresses the importance of considering world views held by the "non-modern" cultures of the Third World in formulating a more humane and less technologically preoccupied vision of progress. Institutionalized oppression is seen as a process which co-opts the physical and psychological worlds of its victims and destroys the basis of all dissenting visions of a just world. Concluding with an essay on Gandhi and his critical reaction to Western civilization, this book is an important contribution to political science, sociology, psychology, and South Asian studies.
Keywords Political psychology  Oppression (Psychology  Civilization Philosophy
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Call number JA74.5.N36x 1987
ISBN(s) 0195619889   019563067X
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