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Indigeneity and Universality in Social Science

Indigeneity and Universality in Social Science
A South Asian Response

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August 2004 | 408 pages | SAGE India
Emerging out of the Renaissance and the industrial revolution, the set of disciplines that got institutionalised as the social sciences were fashioned in Europe. However, what were areas of scholarly inquiry responding to specifically Western problems and concerns, laid claim to universality in course of time and were uncritically accepted as being so until they began to be challenged by non-Western thinkers in the second half of the twentieth century.

Bringing together 18 essays by distinguished social scientists, this volume is a major contribution to the debate on the indigenisation of the social sciences. It addresses two central questions from a primarily Asian perspective:
- Are the social sciences that originated in the West, and are essentially indigenous to it, universal for the rest?
- Can the universal explain the particular, unless the universals in the particulars of different cultural contexts contribute to the construction of the universal?

Some of the issues explored in this twin framework are:
- The de-parochialisation of Western social science.
- The concept of the ‘captive mind’, which fails to fathom its captivity.
- The limitations of Western social sciences on crucial issues such as modernisation, economic liberalisation and structural adjustment.
- The validity and potential of indigenous models of development as demonstrated by Bhutan’s concept of Gross National Happiness.
- Oral traditions and their potential for universal knowledge.

Partha Nath Mukherji
Introduction: Indigeneity and Universality in Social Science
Immanuel Wallerstein
Social Science and the Quest for a Just Society
Syed Hussein Alatas
The Captive Mind and Creative Development
Yogesh Atal
The Call for Indigenization
Saman Kelegama and Chris Rodrigo
Economic Theory and Development Practice
Stiglitz's Critique and the Sri Lankan Experience

S T Hettige
Pseudo-Modernization and the Formation of Youth
Bishwambher Pyakuryal
Poverty in a Rural Economy
Opportunities and Threats - A Case Study of Nepal

Ajeet N Mathur
Inquiring Minds and Inquiry Frames
S Akbar Zaidi
NGO Failure and the Need to Bring Back the State
Lyonpo Jigmi Y Thinley
Values and Development
Gross National Happiness

Stefan Priesner
Gross National Happiness
Bhutan's Vision of Development and Its Challenges

Rangalal Sen
Glimpses of Social Structure in Ancient Indian
Kautilya's Relevance for Sociology in South Asia

T K Oommen
Institution-Building in South Asia
Dilemmas and Experiences

Satish Saberwal
Traditions and Actors
'Communities' Reconfigured in 19th Century India

Indra N Mukherji
Globalization, Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Response
Satish Kumar Kalra
Consultative Managerial Leadership Style in India
A Viable Alternative

Jacob Aikara
The Indigenous and the Modern
Education in South Asia

Chandan Sengupta
Urban Sociology of South Asia
The Problem of Formulating the Indigenous


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ISBN: 9780761932154